Avril Lavigne Releases Stunning MV for New Single ‘Head Above Water’

Pop/Punk Rock artist Avril Lavigne has released her first single and video in years, five to be exact. The song, Head Above Water, is quite fitting after her long battle with Lyme disease and depicts how the singer found strength in God. The lyrics are beautiful so there was much expectation for the music video to capture that same depth. It truly did. Directed by … Continue reading Avril Lavigne Releases Stunning MV for New Single ‘Head Above Water’

Eminem Surprises With New Album “Kamikaze”

It’s the return of the Slim Shady we grew accustomed to earlier in his career: Indescribable flow and lyricism that remains unmatched, and as shameless as ever. Eminem has never been afraid of controversy, and on KAMIKAZE he addresses the state of rap and hip hop, getting constant criticism and the lack of acceptance for his previous album, Revival. Well, we’ve been poking the bear … Continue reading Eminem Surprises With New Album “Kamikaze”

Album Review: Koda Kumi’s W Face ~Outside~

Gosh. I can’t remember the last time I listened to a Koda Kumi album. Actually, I think the last one I purchased and listened to was JAPONESQUE. For some reason, her music hadn’t grabbed my attention since then, but after catching snippets of her latest double album release, specifically the Outside version, I must say I’m loving the sound of Koda Kumi once again. Maybe it’s … Continue reading Album Review: Koda Kumi’s W Face ~Outside~

Album Review: Tamia’s “Love Life”

When I first glimpsed the cover art for Tamia’s sixth studio album, my mind instantly flashed back to her self-titled debut where she’s portraying four different sides. And after listening to Love Life, you can definitely get a sense of what Tamia’s going for: a combination of sexy, playful, and vulnerable. The album opens up with the bouncy and emotional Love Falls Over Me, a clear depiction of … Continue reading Album Review: Tamia’s “Love Life”

Album Review: Aquarius by Tinashe

If you’re looking for mid-tempo, slowed down music, with a 90’s r&b influence and smooth harmonies, then Tinashe’s debut album pretty much sums that up. Nothing is overly done or out of place, Aquarius provides a relaxing atmosphere when in your comfort zone, just as much as it can be a club favorite. The title track signifies the direction in which the singer is headed, kicking things … Continue reading Album Review: Aquarius by Tinashe

Album Review: “Count On My Love” by Tessanne Chin

If I could describe the way this album has made me feel after listening to it on repeat for God knows how long, it would be SPEECHLESS. I’m blown away by the catchy and addictive tracks. I didn’t expect anything less than perfection though. Tessanne Chin and her team has delivered. From start to finish, Count On My Love depicts the message of love, facing trials, … Continue reading Album Review: “Count On My Love” by Tessanne Chin

Album Review: “Extraordinary Light” by Ben Fields

If you’re looking for music that’s different, not in  the least bit generic and enforces you to listen to the words and think, then Ben Fields is the artist for you. His debut album, Extraordinary Light, features acclaimed songwriters and producers bringing forth a mixture of sound that stems from bluesy melodies to soulful renditions. You can’t help flash back to the musical styling of The … Continue reading Album Review: “Extraordinary Light” by Ben Fields

Single Review: “Abing Abing” by ORANGE CARAMEL

So I’m not usually a fan of Orange Caramel’s cutey cutey music, or any artist who does that kind of concept, but I must admit I’m addicted to their song Abing abing. Even if it’s ice-cream. I think the beat is energetic, as their sound usually is, and their hook is catchy. It’s no wonder some are referring to the Baskin Robbins influenced track as … Continue reading Single Review: “Abing Abing” by ORANGE CARAMEL

Album Review: “Lights Out” by Ingrid Michaelson

I’m ashamed to say I’m only now listening to Ingrid Michaelson. My oh my have I been missing out. With her latest album, Lights Out, only a day away from being released, I was happy to receive the opportunity to listen and review her music. Good timing because I’m in the mood for some new music that’s not really mainstream and more original. Let’s see … Continue reading Album Review: “Lights Out” by Ingrid Michaelson

Album Review: “Head or Heart” by Christina Perri

I’m one of those fans always anticipating the return of Christina Perri, with her addictive indie flow and that versatile and meaningful music. This woman deserves more recognition for her art, and I’m pleased to be able to not only listen to her sophomore album but to write a review as well. No bias. Just appreciation for an authentic sound that needs to be appreciated. *** … Continue reading Album Review: “Head or Heart” by Christina Perri

Album Review: “BraveHeart” by Ashanti

Release date: March 4th 2014 Label: Written Entertainment Purchase: Amazon | iTunes I‘m going to get right into this review because like most, I’ve waited long enough for another Ashanti album. Did she deliver and satisfy the wait? Let’s find out. Love the intro and that feeling of empowerment. I like the sound of soldiers marching, drums pounding, every effect of going to war. Poetry … Continue reading Album Review: “BraveHeart” by Ashanti

Album Review: “Love, Marriage & Divorce”

Toni Braxton and Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds joining musical forces to create an album, is a dream come true for most fans, including moi. I love their voices and have been longing for their reunion. Whether it be Babyface writing for her again, or doing a duet, recording a collaborative album is even better. I smell hit on every single track. No fillers. Only breathtaking, meaningful, … Continue reading Album Review: “Love, Marriage & Divorce”

Album Review: ‘Loved Me Back To Life’ by Celine Dion

Celine’s back! There’s something really great about hearing that because you’re expecting beautiful, timeless music. Six long years have passed since Dion graced our ears with the pop rock and chart topping, Taking Chances, now the songstress is ready to reveal how she’s evolved in her artistry. With what many, including the notable producers and songwriters who’ve contributed to Celine’s 11th studio album, Loved Me … Continue reading Album Review: ‘Loved Me Back To Life’ by Celine Dion

Album Review: ‘What Will All The Neighbors Think?’ by Jasmine Kyle

Jasmine Kyle is an independent artist living in Wisconsin. I came across this inspiring lady via her personal blog on which she highlights her journey to the release of her debut album, What Will All The Neighbors Think, and boy is it an interesting journey. While I’m not about to mention all the good reasons why you should check out her blog but if you … Continue reading Album Review: ‘What Will All The Neighbors Think?’ by Jasmine Kyle

Music Review: “Roxie” EP

Release date: May 17th 2013 Label: Roxie Bardo Entertainment Purchase: Amazon | iTunes Roxie Bardo did the intended. She not only made me listen to her music, but her lyrics made me think. The talented singer sails on her fierce EP, and I felt like climbing to the top of a mountain and screaming out, “why aren’t more people listening to her music?” but once … Continue reading Music Review: “Roxie” EP

Mini Album Review: ‘A’s Doll House’ by Ailee

ailee2Release date: July 16th 2013

Label: Windmill Media/YMC Ent

Purchase: Kpoptown | Kpopmart

Ratings: 4.5/5

Ailee is indeed vocally talented. That for one I have to mention whenever I review her music. Heaven was like magnate for me, pulling me into the artist’s style and sound. And while her debut remains my favorite with the recent I’ll Show You disappearing quickly from my brain, I’m rather pleased that she’s finally returned with some new music and a new EP. A’s Doll House is soulful, contemporary, upbeat, and possesses a great amount of pizzazz in music composition and image concepts. This is by far one of the better releases in Kpop this year. 

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Album Review: ‘One’ by Sarah Miles

onesarahRelease Date: July 16th 2013

Label: Rock Ridge Music

Purchase: iTunes | Amazon

Rating: 5/5

This album was provided in digital format in exchange for an honest review but that does not influence my opinion at all.

Had to state that before going any further because I sincerely enjoyed the debut album of Sarah Miles. Packed with a combination of country, folk, pop, acoustic, and soft rock songs, One is like a soothing soundtrack to the warm summer days and the bitter-sweetness of relationships and life. I cannot express enough how absorbing and easy to love these songs are, and I feel my review may not truly interpret the greatness of the album. But go on this journey with me as I give you a break down of my reaction to every single track: Continue reading “Album Review: ‘One’ by Sarah Miles”

Album Review: ‘Ciara’

ciaraReleased: July 9th 2013

Label: Epic

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

Rating: 4/5

I truly enjoyed Ciara’s debut and sophomore albums but to be honest I went to sleep on her previous two. But now, her fifth studio album definitely has me wanting to pay attention to her music again. The self titled fifth album has concepts swaying from sex, love, being bold, and having fun. It’s actually quite tolerable as rudiments used aren’t all in your face and vulgar. Ciara does a rather classy job bringing forth tracks otherwise deemed as raunchy, and soars satisfyingly on more laid back mellow songs. There’s also some experimenting going on, with the presence of reggae, dance, a little bit of rock, and some electro pop even. A track by track will give you a better idea of how I’m feeling towards the album: Continue reading “Album Review: ‘Ciara’”

Album Review: “Talk a Good Game” by Kelly Rowland

Release date: June 18, 2013

Label: Universal Motown

Purchase: Amazon | iTunes

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, Kelly Rowland is a very talented woman. She does not need to sell sex to sell music, if anything she shouldn’t even be trying so hard to appear sexy when she already is. And going into this album I had already formulated an opinion based on the cover and the ‘parental advisory’ stamp at the bottom. In the end, the music  is half the time entertaining and there are songs that leave you thinking, but I can’t ignore the tracks that aren’t very memorable.  Continue reading “Album Review: “Talk a Good Game” by Kelly Rowland”

Album Review: ‘First Love’ by After School

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Release date: June 13th 2013

Label: Loen Entertainment

Purchase: Kpoptown | Yesasia

AFTER SCHOOL’S BACK!!

I had to say that because I’ve been waiting, and I am somewhat satisfied. Not entirely in love with the mini album but I’m sold by the overall concept. I listened to the EP at least two times before writing the review so I can safely explain my impression of each track. From start to the finish, every single song had something of interest. With the exception of the intro, 8 Hot Girls, which I think should’ve been longer instead of only a minute and couple seconds, my reaction has pretty much swayed from sensual, classy, fun and upbeat, to warm and misty. I’ll break it down so you know which song rubs me in what way. But before that, let’s get into 8 Hot Girls. Continue reading “Album Review: ‘First Love’ by After School”