New Music Reviews
Boyz II Men- They were the biggest soul group of the 90s, and the trio returns to their Motown roots with a new album of Detroit cover songs that our L. Michael Gipson says is a true return to form.
Ayo - With both European and African roots, acoustic soul singer Ayo has come out of nowhere with an appealing new album called Joyful. See Howard Dukes' review of the new chanteuse.
Mary J Blige - The Queen of Hip-Hop has long also been the Queen of Drama, but Mary J continues the development she showed in The Breakthrough with her newest album, Growing Pains.
Aretha Franklin - That other Queen, the one of Soul, has released a disc of long lost music from the Golden Age of Soul that is simply amazing. See our review.
Thomas McClary - Last seen as the guitarist for the Commodores, Thomas McClary has reemerged with an excellent spiritual album that our Vernita Naylor says pushes the definition of Gospel music to pick up various forms of music. Check out our review.
Jua - Maryland-based singer Jua is following in the soulful love song tradition of Luther, Will and Freddie with his debut album, Anticipation.
The Temptations - The biggest soul group in history returns with their 61st album, an excellent album of soul remakes. See our review.
Black i - Eric Brown and Michael Griot have been working with artists ranging from Angie Stone to Omar, but have only now come to the front with their own band, Black i, and our Akim Bryant says its is a worthy debut.
O'Bryan - 20 years after his last hit, O'Bryan returns with an independent album that shows he can still bring it in the 21st Century. Check out our review.
Amp Fiddler - Detroit's best kept secret has been a star in Europe for years, but his newest album should let stateside fans know what all the fuss is about.
Robbi Spencer - She's been a model and a pro football cheerleader, but Robbi Spencer shows with her debut album that she's also a singer/songwriter worth noting.
DeWayne Woods - Gospel singer DeWayne Woods overcame an HIV diagnosis nearly 15 years ago and has become one of the bright stars of Gospel music.
Amy Winehouse - She was one of the big stories of 2007, so her 2003 debut, Frank, has been re-released, and our Akim Bryant says it is an album worth revisiting.
Hezekiah Walker - And speaking of Gospel stars, Hezekiah Walker is one of the biggest, and his new career retrospective reminds us of his fanstastic output of his long and distinguished career.
Soccorro - Talented young singer Soccorro has successfully used technology to augment her attractive voice and help provide her with an auspicious debut album. See our review.
Also check out reviews of new albums by the All-Stars Collective, Donald Shaw and Soul Basement, as well as the latest goings on in Soul Music in our our News Section , including a Soul Communicator piece on Deb Hinds of Planet Soul and a tribute to deceased Soul music publicist Yolanda Bennett.