Sometimes a hero swoops in just when you need one, and in today’s divided world, Mavis Staples might just be the one wearing the cape. On an album that rises higher than hate and embraces love, in songs written by […]
Although 2016 is already upon us, I wanted to highlight two holiday music albums released in 2015 that are worth adding to your collection. Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings – It’s A Holiday Soul Party There’s a decided lack […]
Neo-soul. If you look for its definition, you’ll more than likely find pop singers who incorporate some hip-hop, some electronica, and some pulsating rhythms, all thrown in with a dab of revisionist soul. It’s not my cup of tea, as it […]
Earlier this year, the music industry made a major shift to a universal release date. For years – decades, even – albums had been released on Tuesdays, with a different date set for international release. But now, all over the […]
I have to admit the thought of a Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings holiday album made me happy. I knew I’d probably like It’s a Holiday Soul Party, the group’s first album to follow 2014’s Grammy-nominated Give The People What […]
Wilson Pickett liked to tell his audiences about the time a white journalist asked him: “What is ‘soul’?” “You know what I told him?” Pickett would preach. “I said, ‘So-oh-oh-ul. Soul! Ain’t nothin’…but a feelin’!” No need to dispute such […]
R&B is hardly a hotbed of feminism these days, as Destinys Child proclaim their status as independent women while shimmying in outfits that would make seasoned Vegas showgirls blush. The era when strong-willed ladies like Aretha Franklin demanded Respect and […]
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