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1. It's Me Again
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2. Baduizm
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Badu and her large turban appeared out of nowhere in early 1997, on a murmuring, romantic album that trod the median between old-school soul and contemporary electronic R&B. Badu's songs, especially the hit "On & On" and the catchy "Certainly," recall Sade in their polished, subtle sexiness. Badu almost never raises her voice--save the occasional "ooh-wee!" exultation--but she skillfully uses repetition and chanting to empower her words. Later portraying a beautiful swamp queen, she was one of the only good things about the movie Blues Brothers 2000. --Steve Knopper ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars My Personal Favorite Album
Erykah Badu is a very gifted & talented singer, songwriter and actress. Her soothing blends of old-school jazz & soul influences create an amazing backdrop of seductive beats, and a distinctive vocal style. With a musical approach that contains highly mature lyrics, Badu scats her way through an album of masterpieces.

From the opening "Rimshot Intro" all the way to the closing "Rimshot Outro", Badu offers us an in depth look into her wonderful life filled with poetic visions and respected insights. "On & On" is a treasure, as is the hip-hop influenced "Apple Tree". "Otherside of the Game" is silky smooth and my personal favorite track "Next Lifetime" is a tale of reincarnated love.

Though some found "Afro" humarious, it carried a very distinct message, that Badu plays nobodys fool. Other sure fire favorites include "Certainly", "Four Leaf Clover", "Drama" and "Sometimes".

The lyrical content varies from track to track, and its nice to hear Badu's unique style of blended music put together onto one terrific album. She is definetly gifted and I hope that all her releases leave me as happy as this one in the future.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good Sleepytime Music...
Odd as it sounds, I really enjoy listening to this album when I'm sleepy. It lets me relax and eventually fall dead asleep. The rhythm and music is just so soothing and relaxing. This definatly isn't driving music if that's what you're looking for. Though some of the songs on this album sound the same, I give Erykah Badu credit because she was truley an influence in modern day r&b and soul, thus paving the way for such artists as Angie Stone and Macy Gray. She is definatly an interesting figure in the music industry, known for her body jewlery and hair raps (I remember hearing Billy Crystal commenting at the Academy Awards on her infamous hair wrap: "They finally found the last missing Oscar. It was found under Erykah Badu's wrap." LOL) Hit songs include "On & On", "Appletree" and one of my favorites, "Certainly." Another song I also enjoy is the catchy, "4 Leaf Clover" as well as the "Intro" and "Outro." "Next Lifetime" I also remember hearing on the radio and is catchy as well. So, if you're interested in modern Soul/R&B that you can relax to (Whether it be at dinner or going to bed) this CD is reccomended.

5-0 out of 5 stars Next lifetime
This is one of the best debuts ever. She put her foot in this one along with her other cds. She created a new field in R&B with her new sound. Her album can fit any mood and make you feel like a glass of wine and just relax.It starts off with the mind moving (Rimshot) and flows all the way through with hits like Otherside of the game, Sometimes, No love and maymore. This is one Cd that I can listen 2 all the way through with out pause or fast forward. She hit a home run with this one . If you like this one you will love Momma's Gun and fall in love with her latest cd Worldwide Underground its hot along with her concert.

3-0 out of 5 stars how cynical can erykah badu be?
i love badu's voice, i love the music, but i cannot stomach how her lyrics convey such cynicism and bitterness. listening to "lifetime" makes me utterly depressed that this woman in her lyrics cannot hope that she can get the man she wants in her present lifetime, perhaps a bit later than sooner. the lyrics in "certainly" give me the impression that badu deliberately preaches that alienation is her life script. has she gone through horrible relationships which reflect in her lyrics? again, i love her voice; billie holiday's sensuality comes to mind when i listen to this CD. the music is amazing; jazzy, soulful, smooth, and entralling. i'm not saying that erykah should sing about all things hunky-dory, but enough with the cynicism.

4-0 out of 5 stars A cooled debut...
Erykah Badu was part of that neo-soul movement from the mid to late 90s that were trying to make REAL R&B rather than all the bad boy hip hop kinda mess that most acts were making. 'Baduism' is a real cool debut, a nice collection of chilled, jazzy numbers about love & spiritualism etc. The main song here is 'On & On', the big single that I personally can play over and over. But there's a lot of other good stuff here, the production is inventive and Badu has a nice style. 'Next Lifetime' is a deep & meaningful song with a lot of truth. All the melodies here are real nice and the album is likely to stay in your hifi for a long time. Well Recommended for those in need of some intelligent R&B. ... Read more


3. Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite
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Handsome in his designer clothes and angelic, nappy dreads, Maxwell styles himself a modern-day urban love prophet in the tradition of Marvin Gaye. He concocts a conceptual music suite that purports to tell a fully rounded tale of meaningful love set in the tough but misunderstood inner city. What he delivers, however, contains only the faintest hints of what he promises. Instead we get a whole lot of the same tired R&B elevator slush and lyrics like "Gonna take you in the room suga'/ Lock you up and love for days." Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite is significant only in that it recasts the same old same old as something monumental, and nearly pulls it off.

Initially, there's a lot to like about Maxwell: On his openers, "Urban Theme" and "Welcome," the early '80s full-band R&B and jazz pop grooves are reminiscent of Maze's brightest days and Steely Dan's coolest nights. But soon even Maxwell's passionate voice gets lost in a flat mix that turns every song into faceless background music. While R&B is at no loss for suave and sexy personalities to take the stage, a dearth of new ideas keeps the genre for the most part floundering and visionless. In the end, Maxwell's urban hang suite is just another empty room.--Roni Sarig

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5-0 out of 5 stars Urban Excellence
3 words...
GET THIS ALBUM!!

If your a lover of quality R&B then this should be in your collection. If its not, then your not as cool as you think you are!!

Maxwell, brings an album which is totally fresh and full of great tracks.
Vocally he is top notch and the music will satisfy all.

Track 1
The Urban Theme
Basically its an intro. But funky and sets the mood. You've opened the doors to Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite here.

Track 2
Welcome
So your into the Hang Suite now, and Maxwell is welcoming you. This is the first taste of his voice. Its a very cool track that is great to kick back with a drink in your hand and listen too.

Track 3
Sumthin' Sumthin'
Now we really get into it. This track is out of this world. You might know this one, it was a single. Catchy chorus but oh so cool. Sexy sexy track.

Track 4
Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)
This just beats Sumthin Sumthin for the title of the albums best track. One of my favourite songs of all time. Once again its cool and catchy, but its a beautifuly written song. With Maxwell's voice oozing soul, this track is without a doubt fantastic.

Track 5
Dancewitme
This track is bassy and once again really chilled. Maxwell is making a move this woman and telling her to dance with him. Its another sexy track. Not to be missed.

Track 6
Til' The Cops Come Knocking
This is the first ballad on the album. If you want to impress a lady fellas, make them dinner, bottle of wine, with this track playing in the back ground. A winner for sure.

Track 7
Whenever Wherever Whatever
A sentence most people like to hear. Another classy ballad. Not a great as Til the cops... but still a beautiful track.

Track 8
Lonely's The Only Company
The theme of the album is a chilled one. This ballad is not only fantastic but very emotional. Maxwell's voice range is in full flow here. A corker.

Track 9
Reunion
Bit more upbeat here than the previous three. Still a cool song. Maxwell continues his emotional mood. Superb.

Track 10
Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)
Fellas, want to propose to a lady? Let Maxwell do it for you!
His voice shows a completly new side here. Sounds almost like another singer. Its just testement to his vocal ability.
A lady won't say no!

Track 11
The Suite Theme
Its the farewell tune. But while other people are leaving the Hang Suite, Maxwell wants one particular lady to stay with him.
Its love making music baby! Fantastic end to a uttely superb album.

Overall
I cannot recommend this album highly enough.
You must buy it. Your missing out if you do not have it.
Its just fantastic.

5-0 out of 5 stars .... Just the beginning for Maxwell
If you are a R&B music fan and you don't have this CD in your collection, you might want to do some soul searching. This is one of the best CDs of all time, in my opinion. I first heard Maxwell when I saw the video for "Til The Cops Come Knockin'". For most new artists, I have to hear a few songs before I buy their debut CD. That wasn't the case this time. Then, to make it even better, "Ascension (Don't Ever Wonder)" was released to radio, before "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite" was released. After I purchased the CD and listened to it a couple of times, I realized that Maxwell had a classic on his hands. I would put this CD right up there with D'Angelo's and Chico DeBarge's debut CD, as well as Eric Benet's and Erykah Badu's. Although, their styles are all different, their CDs bring light to a different form of R&B, separate from what you hear most of today. My favorite two songs on the CD are "Welcome" and "Whenever Wherever Whatever". Those two songs represent the best uptempo and slow song on the CD, in my opinion. "Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite" is really an r&b CD with a jazz appeal to it. That's one of the reasons why I like the CD so much. Other gems include, "Sumthin' Sumthin", "Lonely's The Only Other Company" and "Suitelady". I would also recommend that you pick up the "Ascension" (Don't Ever Wonder)" CD maxisingle, because it has a remix version of the original song and a song that is not on the CD called "Lock You Up In Love For Days". You should also pick up "Maxwell's MTV Unplugged" for the classic "This Woman's Work" and his 2nd disc "Embrya". Believe me, you won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Opinions are a dime a dozen!
Urban Hang Suite is my very favorite record in my collection!! This record is the "Holy Grail" of the post 1970's Soul Revolution!
THIS IS REAL SOUL MUSIC AND MAXWELL'S BEST WORK.

From the biggest Maxwell fan of all time, MichauX http://www.michauxmusic.com

Maxwell, if you are reading this, I can't wait to get your new record, "Black Summer's Night".
By the way, Tom Coyne has an autographed copy of "Just MichauX" waiting for you when you come into your mastering session at Sterling Sound.

4-0 out of 5 stars ........a must
I never get tired of this disc. Great funk, smooth vocals, and never boring. If your reading this and you don't buy it, your making a big mistake.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fresh at the time...
I remember 1995 when this kid came out of nowhere with 'Maxwells Urban Hang Suite' and blew everybody away. Back then it was all slowed down g-funk with explicit lyrics and wailing & screaming that qualified as contemporary R&B. Maxwells more intelligent and changed all that with his throw back to the ole school masters. The kids silky smooth falsetto combined with laid back, jazzy grooves makes for one awesome listening experience.

From front to back this album flows perfectly, the kid constructs real harmonies with real feeling & strong but understated sexual vibes. You've got to consider either this or D'Angelos 'Brown Sugar' as the Greatest Soul Record of the 90s. Back then it looked like Maxwell was going to be a major player but his two albums since have been real disappointments and I guess D'Angelo really is The Don these days. Classic debut though. ... Read more


4. Floetic
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It's hard to imagine two more talented hipsters than Floetry singer Marsha Ambrosius and emcee Natalie Stewart, a.k.a. the Songstress and Floacist. The U.K. duo's Floetic debut has it all--smooth R&B, soulful jazz, hip-hop, spoken word, supple ballads and a warmth that cradles the listener from beginning to end. In short, it's exquisitely, decidedly feminine. The pair occasional raise the roof with sizzling rhymes and beats, but they clearly place a premium on vibe, evident in Floetic's mostly chilled, after-dark feel. Jill Scott and Michael Jackson have already benefited from Floetry's deft songwriting; Jacko covered Floetry's "Butterflies" on his Invincible disc. A demo version of that song is included here, but that's the least of the bounty. "Hello" is pure honey with the women's silky voices braided in harmony while the dreamy, gently gurgling "Sunshine" is like a soundtrack to a daydream. Comparisons abound (Lauryn Hill-meets-Dionne Warwick as scored by a blunted De La Soul maybe?) but perhaps the best description of Floetic yet unearthed is "sass and soul." And, at almost 70 minutes long, it's a steal. --Kim Hughes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Best debut I've ever heard!
I must say I was very impressed wit this album from the very talented Floetry - quite frankly I was blown away, even after I dismissed the first single "Floetic". Every track is brilliantly prepared, and the 2 bonus tracks (Butterflies demo and Now You're Gone) are excellent. Even if you are not a fan of Natalie's spoken flows (which are very good), Marsha's voice is enough to keep anyone listening, Here is my analysis on each song:

1. Big Ben - hypnotic intro, but you'd prefer to skip it after the first few listens
2. Floetic - i was NOT feeling this song. i do not like it at all. its sound is not very catching, especially for a 1st single
3. Ms. Stress - wonderful! nat and marsha work very well 2gether on this song.
4. Fun - upbeat, nice song. it doesnt knock you off ur feet but still a nice song
5. Sunshine - this song makes you think. very relaxing
6. Headache - also very good. not too mch to say about this record, but its good
7. Possibilities - kinda like the intro, you'd prefer 2 skip it over after the first few listens. not that its a bad song, yo'd just be in a hurry 2 hear the better songs after it. emotional song, inspiring
8. Say Yes - hypnotic! this should've been the 1st single. very sexy song and its a definite "cut jam"
9. Hello - not much 2 say about this song. its wonderful tho
10. Getting Late - another cut jam... its got a innocence to it. very pure, but still sexy
11. Hey You - everyone can relate to this song. its another floetry slow jam, and its wonderful
12. If I Was A Bird - very pretty. almost predictable lyrics, but the way marsha sings makes it seem all brand new
13. Opera - ok song... u have to be in the mood for it, but if u are then its grade a quality
14. Mr. Messed Up - faster song where marsha takes the lead. nice song
15. Butterflies (bonus track, demo version) - if u heard the micheal jackson version, you heard this. they sung the hook on mj's version and aside from a lil difference in the vocals. still good tho
16. Now You're Gone (bonus track) - one of the best songs on the album. THERE IS SO MUCH EMOTION IN THIS SONG! Its my personal favorite. i cried the first tyme I heard it

GO GET THIS ALBUM! ANYONE WHO KNOWS GOOOOOD MUSIC WILL APPRECIATE IT! ITS ONE OF MY PERSONAL FAVORITES OF 2003

3-0 out of 5 stars Positive Lyrics & Uplifting Messages Welcomed
The Philly females that make up Neo-Soul RnB/Rap group Floetry are very talented women, women who still have positive insights on political issues, love & the world. If you pop this into your cd player, you won't hear no drug dealing, no sexual encounters, and absolutely no bullets flying through the air. Just inspirational lyrics over smooth instrumentals that would be right at home in smokey underground jazz clubs that open their doors at midnight. As usual though, the true musicians in the industry today will be overlooked for artists that sell strictly on their look alone, and its a shame, for this album should not be slept on.

The ground-breaking special effects in the video for the album's first single "Floetic" was a very smart move. Without these, the video most likely would not even get noticed, because the women that make up Floetry actually keep their clothes on in the video, something rare in the world today. The album is very diverse, the topics range from many different issues, however songs are still enjoyable instead of feeling like your in school. Tracks like "Fun", "Sunshine", "Headache" & "Possibilites" are all hot as hell and will definetly keep the attention of fans of Erykah Badu or D'Angelo.

The album is also laced with gorgeous ballads such as "Say Yes", "Hey You" & "If I Was a Bird". Fans who don't understand the metaphors & poetic invisions imbedded in the Neo-Soul music will think these girls are insane and speaking some form of gibberish, but for those who can, they will find themselves agreeing with their opinions & spiritual offerings.

The debut album from these women is very impressive and I hope to hear a great deal more from them in the future. Its rare today in this industry to find artists that can keep it real, by speaking of topics that affect everyone's lives. No matter what age you are, listening to this album will benefit you. These soul sistas are doing something truly amazing and I can't wait for them to hit us hard again. Keep an eye on Floetry because they are doing their thing, while also advancing the Neo-Soul movement.

5-0 out of 5 stars The reviewer that said the CD is ok is crazy
The CD is excellent!!!! This is grown folks music. Turn off the lights and light a candle to listen to this CD. I will buy anything they release.

5-0 out of 5 stars You need to release stress....
I love this CD, the beats are mellow and so soothing. You won't be disappointed.

4-0 out of 5 stars actually not that good - but the six songs that are are...
AMAZING. Many songs on this album are a drag, and are extremely boring. But the six good songs are catchy, meaninful, with a soulful beat - great hip hop. I absolutely love "Floetic" "Big Ben" "Ms Stress" "Say Yes" "Hello" and "If I Was A Bird". I especially love "Floetic" and "Say Yes". Little drops of sweet heaven. All in all, quite a bland album with some genius songs, though. I guess it is worth buying for those songs. ... Read more


5. Mama's Gun
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A true tour de force, Mama's Gun is that rare sophomore album that shows a maturing artist at her best. Erykah Badu's voice was always her main attraction--its unique sound has been compared to Billie Holiday and Chaka Khan. Here, it's her skill with that voice that shines. Badu shapes her instrument to suit her material (all of it written or cowritten by her). A full range is represented: On faster, danceable tracks like "Penitentiary Philosophy" and "Booty," she sounds gritty and funky. On softer, more introspective tracks, like "A.D. 2000" and the single "Bag Lady," she shows amazing restraint, letting her voice travel lightly over the notes, allowing the songs' emotions to guide her performance. The high point of the disc is Badu's duet with Stephen Marley, "In Love with You," easily the sweetest, truest love song of the year. That alone is reason enough to buy the disc--and you won't regret having done so. --Courtney Kemp ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars More Better Than Ever
Erykah has done it once again. Her studio sophomore but actual third album is a good or even better than her last two. She has really matured and has used "cleva" lyrics in her songs. I love that fact that all of her tracks run into her each other. I could care less if the track listing does not match what's on the cd. Be happy with what she has givin' you. Here's a breakdown:

1. Penitentiary Philosophy-A rock track that demonstrates Erykah's maturity with her music. At first, this may shock fans that are used to Erykah's jazz soundin' songs. After the first listen, you will be hooked

2. Didn't Cha Know-The more traditional Erykah sound is back at track 02. She sounds exceptional on this song. She wonders if she "made a wrong turn back there somewhere."

3. My Life-The beat is hot. Seems like many rap artists borrowed samples from her beats. Her life is not easy but she still manages to survive. There's "no turnin' back."

4. ... & On-The remix of On & On. I love this song. It's really a song for the haters of Erykah. "What good do your words do if they don't understand you. Don't go talkin' that $h*t, Badu, Badu".

5. Cleva-This song is one word that describes Erykah. The one phrase I love in this song is "my dress cost nothin' but seven dollars but I made it fly."

6. Hey Sugah-An interlude between tracks and a transition moment in her album or as an intro to track 07.

7. Booty-The beat is just amazing. I love her lyrics. All of them make me laugh everytime I hear them. "You got sugah on your peter but yo' ni**a thinks I'm sweeta, but I don't want him."

8. Kiss Me On My Neck (Hesi)-I can relate. "Use me, don't abuse me." I can stand that you gonna use me sometimes, but don't take advantage of it.

9. A.D. 2000-This song makes me sad sometimes. The content is strong here. She talks about delapadated buildings and that her name will be misstated. If didn't guess already, it's referring to the future.

10. Orange Moon-A lovely ballad. She is the moon and she reflects the light of her "sun". You get it, it's a pun! Well, if you don't then I ain't got nothin' to say to you.

11. In Love With You-A lovely ballad with Marley. I have to listen to this song everytime I listen to this cd.

12. Bag Lady-This isn't that overplayed radio remix. This is the mellow, laid back version that emphasizes on her words not the music. I love the fact that repeats the phrase "pack light". I think this song is sayin' don't carry extra package if you don't need to (stop talkin about past relationships and go on with your life). You may think that this song has a different meaning.

13. Time's A Wastin-This song speaks to me. There's always time wastin' if you don't take your time, as she says throughout the song. Don't rush yourself, otherwise you're wastin' time.

14. Green Eyes-WOW! A 10min song I would actually listen to. The first part sounds like an old time record of her sayin' "my eyes are green because I eat a lot of vegetables." If yall don't know what green eyes means, it means that you have hate or jealousy in your heart. Also, this song is the breakup song from the guy from Outkast. The song continues into two more beat changes. With each beat change, the words in the song change but the same message still comes across.

15. Bag Lady (Cheeba Sac Radio Edit)-This is the version that most of yall are familiar with. This version isn't available on the US Retail.

Erykah has three hit albums, that's rare. Even with Baduizm and Live being made in 1997, I still keep them in my cd player with Aaliyah. Erykah has real talent, and does not have a studio voice. She is authentic and not that buggle-gum stuff that others try to sing. The import is worth the extra money!

5-0 out of 5 stars A great sophomore...
This second album from Erykah Badu is a long way off her debut 'Baduism'. While her 1st album was a cool collection of simple but fun numbers, 'Mamas Gun' finds her vibin' like one of them 70s artists. The overall attitude & style here is more mature, and all the numbers are built on real instruments. The whole thing kinda sounds like a jammin' session, similar to D'Angelos 'Voodoo'.

The 1st half is cool, but the 2nd half has the best stuff. Like 'In Love With You', a duet with one of the Marley boys, and 'Times A Wasting', which rides some awesome orchestration. But all the songs, particularly side 2, are cool and memorable, at times hard & funky, sometimes chilled.

Theres a lot of great stuff here, a real nicely arranged album that salutes the masters of years gone by. It's a relief for me that there are still artists around who are trying to make real music. If you enjoy the old classic soul then checkout 'Mamas Gun'.

5-0 out of 5 stars Didn't Cha Know?
Artistry is lacking in the music industry. Knowledge, talent, and skillful writing and delivery is missing in the music industry. Music that contains lyrical depth and effective content is rare in the music industry. For this, I thank Erykah for wholely giving back to us what is missing, lacking and rare in today's music. Every song contains a message worthy of sharing, be it personal or socially consciousness. Fluidity is the key here. One song easily transitions into the next, while each individual piece refuses to sound exactly like any one before it. Masterful is "Mama's Gun" and masterful is mama's gun. As she explained it, rather than shooting with an actual gun, Mama (Erykah) will hit you with her lyrics.

5-0 out of 5 stars You need this CD!!
They just aren't making albums like this anymore. I would compare this to great albums of the past like "Songs in the Key of Life" or "What's Going on." They are albums that everyone needs to listen to because they vividly paint a picture of the world in one's mind. That is not to say that "Mama's Gun" will feature as much social consciousness as either of the aforementioned albums, only on "Penitentiary Philosophy" do we really get any type of message about the world's woes, but like both of these efforts it is a tour de force.
Ms. Badu is clever and playful at times on this album, and wise and wonderful at other times. "Cleva" finds her singing of how she can make the ordinary amazing because of her intrinsic artistic ability. "A.D. 2000" finds her pining for her memory not to be misplaced once she is gone, and sounds almost otherworldly. She coyly sings of the attention of another woman's man on the funky "Booty" and pokes fun at those that question her difficult-for-some-to-understand lyrical choices on the slow rap of ".... & on."
The wisdom comes out on gems like "Time's a Wastin", "My Life" and "Bag Lady," the ultimate self-empowerment anthem.
She explores a deep life-altering love on the light and jazzy "Orange Moon" and delivers the truest of love songs with Stephen Marley on "In Love With You." She traces the after-effects of a broken love affair in the three movements of "Green Eyes." Hmmm...that leaves "Didn't Cha Know and "Kiss Me On My Neck" which are equally amazing.
Basically, it's one of the best contemporary albums ever. I hate to even call it R&B or jazz or soul because it's a little of everything. It's just great. "Baduizm", "Live" and "Worldwide Underground" are also all well worth purchasing and listening to over and over, but this one is remaining as my favorite and the album that proves Erykah Badu will be around and have a captive audience as long as she continues to produce her art.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Most Honest Work Yet!
This cd is nothing like Baduizm or Baduizm Live! Erykah did more in the areas of production and playing instruments. "Green Eyes" is her opus, a true glimpse into lost love and redemption. I couldn't stop listening to her sing about how crazy love can make you feel. At this point, I have literally worn out my "Mama's Gun" cd and have had to replace it twice. Even though this cd is not as commercially successful as "Baduizm", Erykah Badu created something that is timeless. You can definitely hear the influences of Ms. Holliday and Chaka Khan. But Erykah takes it to a new level of raw honesty. ... Read more


6. Live
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There is always cause for concern when a promising new artist follows up a solid debut with a live album rehashing all the same material. After seeing Erykah Badu steal the "Smokin Grooves Tour" summer of 1996, however, it only makes sense that her record company decided to release Live as a stopgap betweenher next studio recording. To put it mildly, the Badu live experience is anything but typical. There is a kindred bond between the singer and her audiences which translates wonderfully onto the disc. It's in the warmth of the songs, the intimacy with which Badu addresses the crowd, and the constant chants of "Erykah!" emanating from the masses. For her part, Badu does a wonderful job revisiting the material from her superb debut Baduizm. She also takes on an assortment of covers, ranging from Roy Ayers's "Searching" to the Mary Jane Girls' "All Night Long," making each one sound distinctly her own. The most captivating moment, though, is a new number called "Tyrone," in which she most eloquently tells a dense boyfriend to take a hike. --Aidin Vaziri ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Don't pick the flowers.
I've had "Baduizm" for a few years now, and had I settled on that... I would have been seriously missing out. I only got this because I wanted "Call Tyrone" on CD (It was all I'd heard at that point).. and I was pleasantly surprised by the entirety of the album.

Erykah Badu is one cool lady, and in between songs she tells you a little bit about what she's saying in them. It helps you appreciate and understand them on an entirely different level.

Not that you didn't already know Erykah has an amazing voice -- but hearing her perform live leaves no question that it's authentic, and a lot stronger than you may have guessed.

The send-off of Next Lifetime brought me to tears and thats about the highest compliment I could possibly pay anything.

People are still commenting on this record and writing outstanding reviews, so far, seven years after it was released. Any questions?

4-0 out of 5 stars More Baduizm
I bought this CD for "Tyrone" even though I already owned Baduizm. I was little concerned that it might just be the material from her debut, and it mostly is, but there is enough variation from the originals to satisfy me. From the opening chords, a sample of Miles Davis' "So What," I was convinced that I had made a good purchase.

I liked how Erykah let her background singers take center stage and how she interacted with the audience. Her banter was genuine and funny. She cracked me up on the intro to Tyrone when she told the audience that she was an artist and that she was sensitive about her sh!t. LOL. I also enjoyed her cover of that Chaka Khan song. I don't remember the title.

Amusing and sassy, Tyrone is by far the crown jewel of this CD. And although plenty of men were up in arms about the message, I say if you're not a trifling individual, then why should you be offended? Actually, the song reflects poorly on the type of female who would support a grown man and his cronies.

I can't wait for the next Badu experience!

5-0 out of 5 stars Finally a great LIVE artist...
What can i say about this that hasn't already been said? It's a great album..I like her better than live than i do on her regular albums...A live recording brings all the energy of Erykah as well as the energy of the crowd together for a flawless album..TRULY A GIFTED AND BLESSED MUSICIAN/ARTIST/SINGER..

GOD BLESS...

5-0 out of 5 stars TIGHT!!!!
First, I want to say that I love all of Erykah's music. But this is a must have for any Erykah Badu fan I really dig this album it is good she does well. She does some new material, remakes, and sings previously released material on her "BADUIZM" album. I give this album five stars. I am giving this album five stars because Erykah came strong and stood out you go girl!!! Some of my favorites on here are Stay(Chaka Khan/Rufus), Next Lifetime, On and On,Tyrone, and Ye-Yo. this is a very nice album I dig it and I like Erykah so keep bringing us the good music Erykah. If you like Erykah Badu then I would definitely recommend that you buy this album.

5-0 out of 5 stars She sings as good live as she does in the studio
Never have I heard a singer that sounds exactly the same live as they can sound in the studio. This proves that she is a true singer with real emotion. Not only does this cd have her hits from "BADUIZM", but she also has some old school joints on here as well. I also like that she included interlude of her talking, it makes it feel like you're right in the audience at her concert. If you don't have a chance to see E. Badu live, buy this cd. She lets everything go on here. Even her background singers are singing well and they know what they are doing. In my opinion, the live version of "Tyrone" sounds better than the studio version, but that's probably because you can here the reaction from the fans. Either way, they are both great. I recommend this cd if you enjoyed Jill Scott's cd. ... Read more


7. Now
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Three years after the scattered Embrya, new-soulprodigy Maxwell returns with Now, his most fully realized discyet. While not as ambitious as D'Angelo or justplain flippin'-off-the-wall as Macy Gray, thesinger-songwriter does claim a stance: acoustic-guitar-based, near-tonepoems ("Sympton Unknown") and Kate Bush covers("This Woman's Work") are hardly the stuff of your average pop-R&B loveman. Maxwell's lush thickets of overdubbed vocals could stand as a finelisten on their own; the varied textures of the instrumental tracksmake the flow that much more inviting. Steel guitar subtly fires "W/AsMy Girl," while a rock-influenced beat gives "Temporary Nite" a grooveboth choppy and slippery. Now's unity of feel and often pensivetone bring it a cohesive air. Even the potentially throwaway lasttrack, "Now/At the Party," works as more than just an exercise in'70s-party groove. If the many brokenhearted plaints here were tellinga story, it would provide a suitably happy ending. --RickeyWright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Second coming of Marvin Gaye?
Yeah, we've heard the comparisons. Actually I heard and doubted them even as people were saying it after his first release. But with this latest release, it may just be true :)) With a voice that could melt butter, and a falsetto that could shatter glass, Maxwell slithers into our CD players once again with another timeless album. Few other "Neo Soul" artists would be willing to use electric guitar riffs, real horns, unique instruments, and cover hard rock songs, (except for D') but Maxy makes it work. He is one of the few that has the ability to sing amazingly slow love ballads, without boring you to death, and eventually wanting to hit the "skip" button. Even the production is top notch - the vocals are so layered, it sometimes sounds as if there's 4 of him singing at the same time, yet it dosent come off sounding mushy. "Temporary Nite", "Get to Know Ya", "Womans Work", Lifetime", "Noone", are the songs to check out, you WON'T be dissapointed.

P.S. What's with all the complaining about Embrya? This album was and still is amazing - check out (I'm You: You are Me and we are you)...OK..so he's into weird song titles :)

5-0 out of 5 stars This is Maxwell's best!
This is definitely Maxwell's best album to date. It surpasses Urban Hang Suite due to the incredible production which stands on it's own. It surpasses Embrya due to the more mix of genres that Maxwell put into this effort (It went R&B and beyond). And the songs on Now are filled with more different emotions than just one broad feeling to the album like his previous ones. It has a concept like his other albums but it doesn't stick out like those. But I'll give you a hint: Listen to "Lifetime"! And I disagree with some. He went beyond his "lover man" image and went to a soulful hopeful romantic. On this album it seemed as if Maxwell wasn't looking to hook up with a woman but knows he'll find what he wants in a woman when the time is right. I also disagree that he didn't try to challenge his listeners like he did with Embrya. I mean one song went close to country but still kept the soul. Another was a slightly ambient ballad. And another took funk and made it....well it's hard for me to describe "Noone" because I think it's an incredible song. And I know Fortunate is not on here but you can get it on the "LIFE" movie soundtrack which has great songs by others on it. And the cover of "This Woman's Work" is very moving (Even though I heard the "Unplugged" version, this one still is touching)
So if you like R&B with a twist or you are slightly interested in Maxwell than check this album out. It's incredible. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars love of my life
My optimism is high when it comes to Maxwell. I truly think there's not one male artist (or female artists) out there who compares to him. I'm still waiting for a fourth full-length album, we can't just stop at Now...there's gotta be more of the soul master.

5-0 out of 5 stars truly the bomb
i love maxwell and all of his music but this cd is.....fantastic! this is my absolute favorite cd. i listen to it everyday; it's uplifting, nuturing...listening to this album makes me high. i can't get enough!

3-0 out of 5 stars 3rd Best Album
His best is still "Urban Suite" but this one wasn't bad. It was better than "Embrya" (which I didn't totally hate either). My favorite tracks are "Got To Get To Know You", "W/As My Girl","N/One" & "Woman's Worth." ... Read more


8. Stone Love
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It's been five years since Angie Stone's debut and her third album, Stone Love, is still taking the neo-soul approach with dabbles in hip-hop, funk, and classic soul from throughout the years. The big song is "I Wanna Thank Ya," a funky, up-tempo hip-hop break that sees Stone dueting with Snoop Dogg--the production is a fresh take on the old skool sound while Stone's melody has a breezy disco-soul vibe. "Stay for a While" with Anthony Hamilton and "You Don't Love Me" are two highlights from the selection of silky smooth numbers where the warmth in Stone's voice is enhanced by the subtle arrangements. There are some poppier moments in "My Man" and "Lover's Ghetto" where the sound is influenced by the decadence of 80s soul, best summed up as a hybrid of Luther Vandross and Chaka Khan.

Stone Love is another great album for both soul lovers and people who like their pop with a bit of soul in it. There is very little filler and above all, with Angie Stone's experiments in all things urban, it never gets repetitive or boring. --Georgina Collins ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Better and Better
Angie's third release "Stone Love" finds the veteran releasing her best yet. The lead off single "I wanna thank ya" is a slamming first single and could do without Snoop Dogg's verse. The rolling groove and Stone's simple lyrics are enough to make it a hit.

Other strong tracks are the Missy Elliot produced "U-Haul", "Lover's Ghetto" (which samples Dynasty's "Adventures in the land of music), and the stirring "Come home (live with me)"

Betty Wright makes an appearance on "That kind of love". Wright has also appeared with Stone on releases by Joss Stone and Nina Sky.

Another strong cut is "Cinderella Ballin'". Angie Stone posses a smoky and soulful voice full of range. She doesnt always use it and that could be the downfall of this release as she never brings things to a climax and it leaves you wanting more from her vocally. Whatever the case this album is among the best released in 2004.

5-0 out of 5 stars Angie Stone....RULES
This is the most satisfying CD that I have bought so far in 2004, just slightly better than my other 5 star--Lizz Wright's SALT.

Angie Stone is such a PRO, such a great songwriter and so damned REAL. The woman has a direct line to the old school SOUL vibe and she turns it on better than anybody!!! There's only 2 tracks on here that I sometimes skip over, but the rest of the CD is so fantastic, so smooth and so enjoyable that I just have to represent with 5 stars. Angie Stone is the bomb.

My favorite cuts are..U-Haul, Remy Red, I Wanna Thank You, Stay for a While (with Anthony Hamilton), Karma, Cinderella Ball'n and Lover's Ghetto. Every damn one of them songs is a classic!!

Miss Stone, my hats off to you. You brought it for real this time. Excellent!!!

And don't forget to pick up SALT by Lizz Wright. Another sure-fire excellent CD (but it's Jazz).

1-0 out of 5 stars Fake "soul" from a fat and ugly "singer"
Whoa, who is this, an Aunt Jemima lookalike? I'm just not feelin' Angie Stone. She's not talented like Miss Ashanti and Miss Brandy, who are much better. Girlfriend has a LOT to work on if she wants to be as great as those singers. I'm sorry, but this CD is NOT WORKING.

5-0 out of 5 stars Angie is rollin'
Angie Stone has always been my favortie soulstress and this album proves how she keeps redeeming herself after long pauses. When I listen to this cd I get lost in the songs because they are all something the females can relate to not just fairy tell stories. I am very proud on her comeback after Mohagony Soul. If you don't have her latest yet you heard it from me to go out and get it. Keep doin your thing Angie, I support you all the way!!!!!

4-0 out of 5 stars Good Neo-Soul Release
When I first listened to Angie Stones "Stone Love", I was extremely disappointed by the material that I heard and almost wanted to try to get my money back. Nothing truly struck my fancy as I listened to "Stone Love" with continuity and I was even disappointed by Angie's voice (which is really a nice voice)which I felt was just mediocre at best. After relistening, Angie's voice and the CD itself grew on me to where I truly liked the musical and vocal things that Angie was doing. I now see why this is being considered not only a solid CD, but her best CD of the 3 she's released. The reason I think I was initially turned off is that her take on "neo-soul" is quite different and even unique compared with other "neo-soulstars". Listening to "Stone Love", I think Angie may have some edge over some of the other neo-soulstars because she is so unique. The production on this album is excellent and Angie Stone proves herself a great, creative songwriter as well as singer.
That isn't to say that "Stone Love" doesn't have its flaws. I don't really care for the version of "I Wanna Thank You" with Snoop Dogg. He just doesn't seem to fit. He seems out of place. Also though this album has many great selections , you can feel that she lacks something with her songs that her fellow "divas" (such as Alicia Keys,Beyonce, and others) have. You may feel that Angie is a bit underrated compared to Alicia Keys or that Alicia Key's songs are more distinctive or more creative than say Angie's (and that is not to say Angie isn't creative because she is definitely great!). Angie does have some definite hits though with "My Man", "U Haul", "Stay For A While" (Anthony Hamilton is EXCELLENT as usual), "Lover's Ghetto" (a personal favorite), "Come Home (Live With Me)", and others. Overall, I think Angie has her strongest debut which has some great neo-soul music, but I do think that she is lacking a little bit of the "it" factor that the very best CDs of the year have that make them truly distinctive from others (I do think that Angie may be a bit underrated, which she shouldn't be). I highly recommend this CD because it is a strong release and if you love neo-soul, you will love it despite a few minor flaws. 4 stars. You go on with your bad self Angie! ... Read more


9. Adventures in Black Sunshine
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10. Emotional
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On his debut album, Carl Thomas offers more of the well-sung, romantic R&B that never seems to fall out of favor. Unfortunately, while the Puffy Combs-executive-produced Emotional is perhaps a must-own for diehard fans of the genre, it seems less than inspired when compared with, say, Brian McKnight's state-of-the-art Back at One. All the elements are in place here--a guest shot by Kelly Price on "Giving You All My Love," a Stevie Wonder sample on "Summer Rain"--but for all its intended late-night aphrodisiacal potential, the music sounds flat in the bright light of day. The hilariously mumbled come-on interlude "Cadillac Rap," though, does hint at what Thomas might be capable of if he dared to buck the formula.--Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars SHALL I PROCEED...... YES INDEED!
Oh my goodness! This brother's albulm is off the hook. It is so beautiful and sensual. You can feel the man's words. I was pleasantly surprised. Believe me when I tell you that I have been burned many times on a CD purchase. I have bought CDs that had 1 or 2 good songs and the rest of the album was garbage, BUT NOT THIS TIME! You can let this CD play from start to finish. Carl Thomas's album is worth every penny. I encourage you to support this brother. People say that Black Music is in crisis, but this will restore your faith. He's the best thing to come out of BAD BOY in a long time. BRAVO, Mr. Thomas! This album is tight!

4-0 out of 5 stars amazing debut, can't wait for the next
carl thomas is an amazing artist and i think hes mad tight. this cd is mad burnt out cuz i play it all the time. this is the perfect cd for when you take a girl into your house after a nice date and you can just chill and do what comes naturally. this one is for the playaz & the romantics. also if you like music like that pick up case, dave hollister, kelly price, and faith evans. the best thing about carl and all the artists that i listed is that they don't sing about losing love and bashing the opposite sex (well not most of the time anyway). but they sing real love songs about love that works and love that will always be there.

"i wish" & "summer rain" are too hot tracks but my 2 favorites are easily "my valentine" & "emotional". carl uses a nice scale of notes as he hits the lowest to the highest notes without a problem. carl is truly an amazing talent. he shines on "come to me", "woke up in the morning", "cold, cold world" & "special lady". he truly knows how to write great songs and get the best producers for his work.

people always have something to say when your on top though so anybody who gave this album a negative review was doing just that. though puff doesn't have much, he has an amazing ear for talent and he signs the best r&b artists (after def soul) and he got an amazing find in carl. i hope that carl goes on to make numerous albums with great soulful and soothing ballads.

5-0 out of 5 stars Hot
Some of these songs are outstanding. This album is a must for any R&B fan. My favorite songs on it are Summer Rain, I Wish, and Emotional.

4-0 out of 5 stars musicman
Simply put, Emotional is one of the best r&b albums I've heard. Carl thomas is an artist that is in a class of his own on this one. To get the feel of the album, you need to listen from the first track and let it play through. It's so easy to have a song on repeat 3 or 4 times because there that good! My top 5 would be (not neccesarily in this order, but perhaps), Hey Now, Emotional, Cold World, You Ain't Right, and a tie between either Summer Rain and I Wish. If you like songs that you can feel, this CD is a good one, even on Lady Would You Lay, it's done in a way that isn't sexually vulgar for those of discriminating tastes even. It's different, it's a hungry artists debut, overall good album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Are you listening?
This is one of the best cd's I have ever purchased. It's intrigues me from beginning to end. It is the only cd that I just love to listen to no matter what mood I'm in. The person that gave it a one star rating is insane. This is the best cd ever. I love it and I love Carl Thomas. He needs to come out with another outstanding cd. ... Read more


11. Voodoo
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Like Robin Hood working on a tip from Chuck D, D'Angelo has stolen backthe soul that was missing from the just-add-water R&B scene. Voodoo is asimmering cauldron of sound, a magical collection. Stained with sweat, longing, andrage, this is an album with trouble on the brain. But it also includes sacred sweet nothingsand rapturous raw rhythms to get you through the night. --Lizz Mendez Berry ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Classic, smooth retro soul and motown
It's as if Marvin Gaye and Al Green were still pumping out new music in their prime. D'Angelo has the best male voice in popular music today. His voice has that rich horn-like quality that Marvin and Al had and he can hit the high notes at will. There's one great track after another and surprisely there's more of a breezy jazzy feel to the album than a modern hip hop groove, even with guest appearances by Redman and Method Man. D'Angelo lets the songs take their time to develop so nothing seems rushed which, you will see, is a nice change from most music which is designed for 3 minute play so as not to upset the radio commercial schedule. Given all the above, it's the rare album that gets better and better with each listen.

Only criticism I have is that the first few tracks are the only weak ones on the album and lead to a slower start than I would like. Oh well, just hit "random play" on your CD to take care of this.

3-0 out of 5 stars Sensual and Soulful, but Unfinished
D'Angelo's "Voodoo" is undeniably one of the most sexy and groovy recordings of the neo-soul era. Scoring many successes, including Best R&B Album Grammy for 2000, it almost fills disc capacity with some 78 minutes of music. This makes the record a little too long, with even the groove somehow lacking power after "Feel Like Makin' Love", which is one of the very few tracks here with a trace of any melodic hook. Otherwise, it's a sensual, raw and throughly black affair, but ... and unsummarised. Inspired tracks such as "Chicken Grease" with fabulous guitar work are too few; some other occasional strikes of genius do occur, such as Roy Hargrove solo on "Spanish Joint" and D'Angelo voice on, let's say, "The Line" and "Untitled (How Does It Feel)". However, most songs lack gradation and compelling inner structure; the emphasis on the mood is so heavy that it ultimately can make {you} tired prematurely.

5-0 out of 5 stars breathtaking
all the songs on this album are magnificent - vocally, and lyrically. His neon-soul voice brings out an angel. The best songs are "Playa Playa" "Untitled" "Africa" and "Send It On". Truly amazing.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very Solid
Now that Outkast has the stage, it may be worthwhile to examine this record once again, four years later. I'm listening to it right now, and must confess that this is an excellent R&B/Soul album, with excellent compositions, gorgeous singing, and infectious hooks. It also explores a broad tapestry of R&B styles, which keeps things mixed up and flowing.

D'Angelo takes time in between albums, but there's obviously a reason. This is a high quality SOUL ( I never did get what "neo-soul" was ever about) album, one that would please D'Angelo's influences as much as his audience.

5-0 out of 5 stars the groove has appeared
D'angelo's second lp is very different than the first one; the sound is more developed, flowing, and organic. He sets up grooves and lets them sit there, not rushing to fulfill the day's rigid verse chorus verse choruse bridge chorus requirements. The songs are memorable and very soulful, the parts fit together perfectly, and the topless star's lyrics are always halfway unintelligible even though he puts them in the liner notes. The roberta flack cover works well because of the added backbeat, but it works for the same reason this whole album works: D'Angelo takes his time with everything and lets the music flow. The album doesn't really have any weak points except for left & right, which does not fit in the scheme of things can be removed without any harm to the album. D'Angelo has really matured as an artist and anyone who needs exposure to some taseful paced downtempo neo soul should buy this now ... Read more


12. All That I Am
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5-0 out of 5 stars ...... One of the best R&B CDs in the 1990s
JOE is known to most r&b fans as the soundtrack man. "All The Things", "Don't Wanna Be A Player", "Faded Pictures w/Case", and the current smash hit "I Wanna Know" are all on different movie soundtracks. He also has a song on the upcoming "Romeo Must Die" soundtrack. On "All That I Am" JOE proves that he can hang on the soundtracks as well as on his own album. Most of today's r&b artists sound the same. JOE sings about some of the same topics but he has his own way of doing it and that separates him from most of the r&b artists today. "All The Things" and "Don't Wanna Be A Player" are featured on this CD, but there are also other classic songs. "Good Girls", "Love Don't Make No Sense", "How Soon", and "The Love Scene". There isn't one bad song on the album. Any song JOE is featured on is tight. If you don't believe me, I'll give you a short list: "No Guarantee and "Listen To Your Man" w/ Chico DeBarge, "Thank God I Found You" (Remix) w/ Mariah Carey, and "Faded Pictures" w/Case. All those songs and the songs that JOE has on his album will satisfy anyone's r&b taste. His new CD "My Name Is JOE" is scheduled to be released on April 18, 2000.

5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent CD showing everything that he is!!
This cd is one of my most precious and favorites of all that I own. Why do I say this? Well just listen to Joes album and you'll find out. This album is one of the best I have ever heard from an R&B artist. It goes from music to get freaky to, to music to just make your girl feel special. I'll go down the list and give you some insight on the album.

1.All the things (your man won't do)- great song i give it a 5 out 5.(i believe its the first single of the album.)

2.Love Scene- man a nice slow jam this is one also went single i give it a 4.75.

3.Don't won't to be a player-this song was also on the "Booty Call Soundtrack", great song i love it 4.75 out of 5.

4.Good girls- another single i think, nice slow guitar song with a nice tune to it. 4.5.

5.How soon-man this song should've been a single i love this song. My favorite of all the album. Talks about how he misses his girl and that he understands what shes gotta do. 5 out 5

6.Sanctified Girl(Can't fight this feeling)- tight song with a some hip hop flavor. 4.5 out 5.

7.All that i am- the title song a great song at that. 4.5 out of 5.

8.No one else comes close-guitars and all joe is the guitar man. great song love it totally. 5 out 5.

9.Come around-another hip hop flavored song like track 6 4 out 5.

10.U Shoulda Told Me (U Had a Man)- hip hop/rnb song. this one is probably the most hip hop of all the songs. Joe has a nice way of blending hip hop and rnb in his music. 4.5 out 5.

11.Love Don't Make No Sense-man this is another favorite of mine, love it to the core. 5 out of 5.

12.No One Else Comes Close [Unplugged Version]- this is of course the unplugged version, excellent song. 5 out of 5.

5-0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Done!
This is by far the best CD that Joe has done to date. I hope he makes more CD's on this level soon.

5-0 out of 5 stars Joe is nyce like that
This is the classic gentleman album from joe. This is where he started getting the recognition for his work. Then his next 3 albums came out to be excellent in their own way. Every song is straight hot, very mellow. And like I said a classic, and definitely know, if u like R&B/Soul, You won't be disapointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars I love Joe
I didn't know who Joe was until a friend recommended the "My Name is Joe" Cd. I wore that CD out, I was hooked, i had to order another one, i couldn't find it in stores anywhere. He sure knows how to make a girls heart melt. After that i bought everyone of his CD's.And memorized everyone of them, I got my 18 year old son hooked on Joe as well, and now my cd's seem to disappear. But right now, my favorite on the "And Then" CD is "You dropped your dime" Joe tells it like it is. So, ladies if your having problems with your man, you make them listen to a Joe cd. ... Read more


13. Worldwide Underground
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4-0 out of 5 stars Erykah Badu- Worldwide Underground
Erykah Badu's fourth release "Worldwide Underground" (2003) is nice. Tracks that currently standout out for me include: "Back in the Day" (Puff), love Erykah's soulful vocals and the simple track concept to this, the albums longest track the ten minute plus "I Want You and the powerful lead single "Danger". I like Erykah Badu's music best when shes on solo or making a guest appearance on someone elses album, for example I would have much preferred to see Common/Erykah Badu on the original "Love of My Life". Dead Prez are a group I like, so it nice to see them get a mainstream appearance. There are no tracks I dislike on this, however some do not stand out as much as others and on a short release like this I think every track should. Erykah Badu fans who have all her work will most likely love this album, if your like me (relatively new to her music) and listen to a wide variety of music you may prefer some of her earlier albums. Overall Erykah Badu's "Worldwide Underground" vibes well.

5-0 out of 5 stars Magnificently Supreme!
I first heard this CD at a friend's house one afternoon and RAN out to buy it that very same day. This is hands down my favorite CD this year. It's not often I find an album I can listen to over and over again from beginning to end. EVERY SINGLE TRACK IS HOT!

The intro draws you in with it's silky sexiness and comes to a crescendo after which Miss Erykah invites you to "Bump It" (which I advise you to do....this CD is meant to be played luxuriously loud). You then take a trip to "Back in the Day" where you are instantly seduced by a track that makes you feel like you're at a basement house party groovin' and puffin' to a Patrice "Rushinesque" rhythym. Just when you think it can't get any better, she takes you into a 10 minute rhythmically sensual journey on "I Want You". I particularly like the drum line on this...reminiscent of the Womack & Womack club hit "Baby I'm Scared of You". Very sexy. After you've climaxed you bask in the afterglow with "Woo", a fun piece that was developed after she improv'd it onstage at a concert. Next, she gets conscious with Dead Prez on "the Grind"...a funky inner-city message piece. She keeps it grimey with "Danger"...a fabulously funky track that demands to be played at full bass. She gets smoother with "Think Twice" and there is a SUPERB appearance by Roy Hargrove on this track. Next, she takes you back to the party with "Love of My Life Worldwide" with a wonderful cast of guest vocals including Queen Latifah, fellow neo-soulite Angie Stone, and Mohammadia. She then gradually fades you out of her world with the same sexy outro that she brought you in with. Truly full circle. If you are a soul flower like me...a child of the 70's & 80's you will LOVE this CD. This is GOOD MUSIC and stands out in a sea of mediocrity. Thank you Erykah for staying true to your soul roots!

1-0 out of 5 stars TRYIN' TOO HARD!!!
SOMETIMES WE TRY TO HARD TO BE DIFFERENT.... IT'S O.K. TO BE DIFFERENT.BUT DON'T TRY TO BE SO DEEP THAT YOU GET LOST.!!! I'M COOL ON HER NEW EFFORTS.... THIS SHORT A** CD SHOULD'VE BEEN BURIED "UNDERGROUND".... IF YOU NEED AN ERYKAH FIX, GET HER FIRST CD.

5-0 out of 5 stars Poor, poor souls...
If you know anything about soul music, you would know that it is about growth, understanding and learning and this cd exemplifies all of the above. If you are a fan of Ms. Badu, then you could see the progression from her first album to this one and be able to apreciate the new alternative stlye. As another fan said, she is not a slave to pop culture and top 40 hits(which is a shame because as many people as possible should be introduced to her new style). In my eyes her personal journey is as clear as day and as a young black woman, I can only hope to come as far as she in her personal journey towards understanding life. This album, on my list, is #1 of all time.

5-0 out of 5 stars And awesome powerful young black woman performer real soul
When I first got erykah's latest album I was soooo impressed. Its too bad the radio wont allow her whole album, or at least more songs too be released. I guess she's too real and true to her people for record company's to allow that. All I can say is she has real talent. Every album she has shows a different part of here personality. You get to peek into here thoughts and ideas a bit. She does'nt write about the same ol things over and over again. I really think she has her own style. She's not trying to be some 70's look alike. She is just being herself. I love her music. What can I say she's a genius. You go Erykah Badu. Alica keys, Beyounce, And India Arie could never have her style class or talent. She is a one of a kind. Peace. ... Read more


14. Brown Sugar
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D'Angelo is obviously inspired by the progressive soul of the early '70s, but he has also borrowed carefully from the hip-hop of his own generation. Like many of his contemporaries, he has recorded a tribute to marijuana--the album's title--but it's far wittier than most. It takes the form of a conventional love song ("Brown sugar babe, I gets high off your love ... that's why my eyes are a shade blood burgundy") and mimics intoxication in its throbbing bass lines and reverb-heavy organ. Another song, with a title too profane to print, is a blunt tale of infidelity and murder, but in contrast to most rap fantasies, D'Angelo's blues-like narrative acknowledges such acts have serious consequences.Best of all is the Prince-like "Higher," which combines the spiritual love of God and the carnal love of a woman into one dizzying, organ-fueled hymn. D'Angelo is still rather clumsy with lyrics, and he leans too heavily on ballads over dance numbers, but he has enough talent to grow in any of several directions. It will be an exciting story to follow and one would be foolish to miss the first chapter. --Geoffrey Himes ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A flawlessly performed masterpiece
Those of you who long for the true classic forms of soul and R&B to return to contemporary music need look no further than this stunningly talented self-taught pianist-writer-producer-arranger-singer's groundbreaking debut album. This was released at a time when rickety drum machines and formulaic arrangements and lyrics were everywhere, and innovation was... well, nowhere to be found. Rather than falling prey to those generic qualities of most urban R&B of the '90s, D'Angelo instead takes his soul influences like Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Prince, etc. and breathes new life into these traditional forms by adopting them with a hip-hop attitude. He glides his smoky organ over a piano and bassline that sounds reminiscent of barroom jazz, while singing a love song to herb on the now-classic title track. On his cover of Smokey Robinson's 'Cruisin' he wavers between an old school innocence and new school experience vibe, using subtle violins and orchestration and creating something that few artists can - an absolutely perfect rendition of an excellent old song. The notoriously-titled '..., ... is a very bluesy, slow-building number that utterly personifies the boiling hot rage that surfaces in a man over a woman's betrayal. Every other song only makes D'Angelo's wild talents more evident, in the same way that everytime you heard a new song by Marvin Gaye or Curtis Mayfield back in the day, you could see their brilliance and how deep their talents ran.

Every song on this album gives off a late-night smoky club vibe that works wonders over you and makes you realize that you are listening to some truly great music. D'Angelo's voice can waver from rough baritone to smooth falsetto with ease and his excellent organ playing is at once effortless funk and sophisticated jazz all melded into a unique sound. Cruise the downtown strip late at night bumping this album in your car. Nothing will make you feel happier to be alive. It is my belief, that this album will undoubtedly transcend times and genres and be held as one of the all-time great debuts.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brought the soul back...
Minister's son, Michael D'Angelo Archer really made a massive impact with his organic soulful sound on this his 1995 debut.

Making his name on "U Will Know" (Which he co-wrote and co-produced) with Black Men United the talented, multi-instrumetalist Richmond VA native made his own muse apparent here. Instead of following the mainstream definitons of what "R&B" had come to define, D took it all the way back. He clearly is a true lover of peak era soul music, wearing influences like Marvin Gaye, Al Green and Prince on his sleeve. This can be observed right down to a superlative, chilled cover of Smokey Robinson's classic "Cruisin'".

That song is a true highlight and was a single release. As was the anthemic title track, which is a head nodding, drugs/female double entendre (Not unlike The Rolling Stones did with same title 25 years previously) opening, which incoroporates Mr Archer's hip-hop generation roots.

The album has a laid back, jazzy vibe throughout and the Raphael Saadiq co-produced ode to his woman "Lady" exemplifies this.

There isn't a weak song to be found but other favourites of mine include the brooding ...and gospel soaked closing number "Higher". "Dreamin' Eyes" was a worthy single release as well.

D'Angelo took a five year break before his next album but the influence of this album endured all the while and proved one of the main catalysts in the genre the media came to know as "neo soul", although beyond categorisation, this album is just superb music.

Check out the "Live At Jazz Cafe, London" Japanese import CD too for the live experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars D'Angelo's 1995 Debut
Next to R.kelly, D'Angelo is the 2nd best R&B artist out there. Everyone knows the classic Slow Jam, "Brown Sugar" though including some not as popular hits, like "Lady" The songs on this album may not be a popular as his hit "Untitled (How Does It Feel) But in my opinion, it is diffinetly better. Pick this album up, you won't regret it!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very Musical
D'Angelo's debut album Brown Sugar is addictive. I don't think I can really describe it as anything else. If you love music, buy it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Rarity (A Modern Classic)
R&B kinda died away in the 80s with all that new jack swing nonsense which mutated into the 90s R&B, a bunch of crotch grabbing, screaming & wailing 'singers' laying their vocals down over cheesy g-funk beats. Then thankfully in 1995 D'Angelo came out of nowhere with his knockout debut 'Brown Sugar', and brought the funk back to real lovers of black music.

Throughout he uses a live band, and how refreshing it is to hear real instruments. They create a dense, dark and brooding atmosphere that mix well with D'Angelos high pitched falsetto. There's a real smoky vibe about this album and I swear sometimes I can smell the weed smoke seeping out of my speakers when I play it. All the grooves are inviting and individual, real well crafted numbers, and he even updates Smokey Robinsons classic 'Cruisin' in his own individual style.

This kid had MAJOR, major skills and how good it is that he didn't squander them and grew as an artist, unlike his peer at the time Maxwell. 'Brown Sugar' is not only the greatest R&B album of the 90s, but one of the best ever. A smokers masterpiece. ... Read more


15. Mahogany Soul
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Mahogany Soul perfectly describes the rich, deep, and lived-in music Angie Stone makes. This veteran singer/songwriter, who was one-third of rap trio Sequence, led acid-jazz combo Vertical Hold, and had a major hand in creating D'Angelo's Brown Sugar, follows up 1999's critically acclaimed Black Diamond with another collection of grown-up R&B that's sexy, satisfying, and smart. Along with (wo)manning the helm herself, Stone links up with like-minded visionaries. Chief among them are Raphael Saadiq, who produced the single "Brotha," which moves with a purposeful, rugged, old-soul swagger, and Andrea Martin, coproducer with Swizz Beatz on the vibrant and aching "Wish I Didn't Miss You," which features a dope "Backstabbers" loop and Stone's husky vocals. At 17 cuts, there's a bit of drag, but not enough to deter you from Stone's wise and determined ease, and on the gritty "Twenty Dollars," Stone gives all those R&B princesses something to really chew on. --Amy Linden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Mature Soul
Angie Stone is not a young ingénue and she isn't afraid to sing from an experienced point of view. Ms. Stone's second album, Mahogany Soul, full of songs with mature lyrics and some of the best grooves to come out this year. She samples some familiar beats into her songs, but reworks them to make them sound fresh and original. The best song on the album, "Wish I Didn't Miss You" takes the beat from The O'Jays' classic "Backstabbers", but totally reworks it into a taut groove. She takes a bit from "Lady Marmalade" in the album's opener "Soul Assurance" and gets into an Isley Brothers' early 70's soul-folk sound on "Bottles & Cans". Ms. Stone falls into the neo-soul category, but she has a much more expansive sound that most artists in that genre. "Easier Said Than Done" has a pop sound and "Brotha" is laced with a funk guitar. Songs like "Mad Issues", "Time Of The Month", "Life Goes On" and "Make Love" showcase her mature lyrics as she deals with relationships. Mahogany Soul continues the tradition of the greats like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Curtis Mayfield.

5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Soul!!! I Love It!
If you love Neo-Soul like i do then check this out. This album is fantastic!!!!!

1.Soul Assureance*****Great Intro with a brilliant gospel feel (but very long)

2.Brotha***I Prefer the remix but this is still good

3.Pissed Off****V.Funny and a good beat ...

4.More Than A Woman*****Brilliant I love It, 110% Soul ("your like a shirt with no sleeve")

5.Snowflakes***** A Pretty Tune with a great chrous ("carved our names in the tree")

6. Wish I Didn't Miss U*****OMG My fav on the album- Brillaint 70s sound!!! ("I cant sleep anymore!")

7. Easier Said Than Done**** Good chrous nuff said!

8.Bottles & Cans*****Unusual title- full of soul with a singalong chrous

9. Ingredients of Love*****Best soul duet i've heard thats dripping with excellent lyrics (" a tablespoon of some attitude"!)

10. What U Dyin For?- ****An anger song with a great ending! (buy it and see!)

11. Makings of U****Should be a full song ("add a little sugar"!)

12.*****Great chrous that has a serious message hidden inside .Another song with "Mad" lyrics!

13. If It Wasn't *** I usually skip this. An average tune though

14. 20 Dollars***** 2nd fav on album brilliant lyrics very dark and spiritual ("you still haven't paid me back the money from three weeks ago")

15. Life Goes On ****V.happy song with a singalong chrous

16. The Heat- ****Interesting to hear as a whole song, good lyrics ("If you cant stand the heat get out the kitchen")

17. Brotha Remix-*****Great! we've all heard this (Fantastic Video) Eve and Ms Keys are brilliant

18. Time of The Month**** A ladys song, sounds similar to Mary J Bliges-PMS ...

5-0 out of 5 stars A must Own
This album is a must own for any neo-soul fan. Angie Stone rules!!!!!!!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars So appropriate
Angie Stone's "Mahogany Soul" is so appropriately titled. From SOUL ASSURANCE to MAKE LOVE she will definitely have you bobbing your head and moving. As in the lyrics of SOUL ASSURANCE if you are not grooving by the end of this song then you won't. This is one of those CDs I love to put in and just drive. Angie's husky voice only gets better with time.

As for the lyrics, there is definitely something for everyone on this CD. From the positive salute to African-American men BROTHA, not only has a soulful tune it's lyrics exemplifies the true complexity and substance of African-American men. BOTTLES & CANS is one of my favorites; this one is not so much for the lyrics, in that I don't think I've ever experienced love to that level. However, to the musicianship/vocals I give much praise.

Much praise to the producers' choice in pairing up Angie with Musiq Soulchild and Calvin....Excellent voices which make for awesome songs.

Mahogany Soul honors the pioneers of soul while creating it's own sound. This is must have in your collection for soul fans.

1-0 out of 5 stars where's the drummer
Nothing wrong with Angie's voice. But there is somthing wrong with her choice of musicians. There aren't any. This review is more a commenetary on today's popular soul music than a crtique of the album. Where are the bass plyers, Stax guitar licks, and for Pete's sake, where are the drummers.
Electronic drums are so lame and there absence leaves a huge hole in the music. Any kind of music. Angie should hire Booker T and the MG's to back her and she might have something. ... Read more


16. Southern Hummingbird
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Tweet is the classic show-biz story: an overnight sensation 10 years in the making. The sultry singer/songwriter traveled a long and twisted path to success, one that brought her in contact with Missy Elliott, who years later tracked her old friend down and rescued her from obscurity. The resulting effort is a crystal-clear triumph, much more old-school soul than contemporary R&B. Aside from the dance-driven "Oops (Oh My)," Southern Hummingbird's sound is far less electronic than the usual Missy and Timbaland coproduction. A good mix of party grooves and more intimate acoustic guitar work nicely balances Tweet's graceful vocals. Her style will inevitably draw comparisons to Minnie Riperton, though many would describe her as a female D'Angelo. Either way, fans of intelligent soul music will be glad Tweet stuck it out. Hummingbird is the work of an introspective and talented woman. --Rebecca Levine ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars This hummingbird is SWEET!!!
If u r looking 4 the usual Missy/Timbaland-type collaboration, sorry...u won't find it here.

Is that a bad thing? Oh, no...not at all. The essence behind this CD is old school R&B, not today's smooth-type R&B. The music itself attains this goal as good as, if not better than, what Musiq and Jill Scott presented 2 us.

Considering the 1st single release, "Oops (Oh My)," the listener does not get what they expect, which may be up tempo music. No...u get hit with smooth ballads right from the beginning (check "Best Friend" with Prince-like vocals from Bilal). Tweet flows with the music she was chosen 2 sing on. "Always Will" has more accoustics then we expected...and it sounds great. If Tweet sang "My Place" 2 me, believe me, I would be there.

She brings it 2 the up tempo side with "Boogie Night" (can some1 say "truly old school?"). Then there is "Make Your Move (the music SCREAMS "Old School!!!). The title "Motel" is almost self explanatory...well, maybe not. She caught her lover going n2 a motel. Nuff said...except this song is Tweet and a guitar...nothing more. That is the start of the ballads again.

"Beautiful," "Complain," and "Heaven" r all nice ballads. "Call Me" sounds like something u would expect from Missy and Timbaland. It's the only song that does besides "Oops (Oh My)".

Now, "Drunk"...that's different. Remember back in the day when people would say "only Prince could have done something like this"? Well, that's what this sounds like. The song has a Poltergeist-like feel about it...a risky experiment that works. My advice 2 u: don't listen 2 this song while u r drunk.

The title "Southern Hummingbird" may be misleading...there is nothing southern about this CD. It is all-in-all a good compilation. I don't think any1 would be disappointed if u bought this collection. One word of caution...do NOT listen to this CD if u are sleepy...it will put u 2 sleep. That's how soothing it is...FROM BEGINNING 2 END!

4-0 out of 5 stars Not What I Expected...In A Good Way!
When i asked my mother to pick up this disc for me (yes, i know! momma's boy!) i was expecting a funky bouncin r & b sound. but when i listened to it, damn! most of the tracks are ballads and very good ones, too. here's a track by track review:

1) So Much To Say (Intro) - I usually don't rate intros, outros, interludes etc.

2) My Place - This slow jam sets the tone to the album and you can't help but sing with it. ****1/2

3) Smoking Cigarettes - Another slow jam that is similar but not good enough as 'My Place.' ****

4) Best Friend - Awful! A slow one with a fruity guy who can't sing.

5) Always Will - ANOTHER slow song and is really good. It kinda soothes you in a way. ****

6) Boogie 2Nite - A faster paced jam that's okay. The chorus is VERY addictive, though; so beware! ***1/2

7) Oops (Oh My) - Great. Sultry, sensual, and pure Tweet! *****

8) Make Ur Move - A mid-tempo song and basiclly, it sucks. **1/2

9) Motel - A great heart-felt guitar tune. *****

10) Beautiful - Filler. *1/2

11) Complain - Another Filler. *

12) Heaven - A personal fave of mine! When you listen to it, it feels like your in some kind of relieving therapy. *****

13) Call Me - Another dancable and favorite tune. Even though the lyrics are kinda raunchy ("I'll be sure to meet you with no panties on/we can slip and slide) the Eastern sound and feel to it is awesome! *****

14) Drunk - A very unusual track but it makes you feel her pain in a unique way. ****1/2

15) Southern Hummingbird (Outro)

16) Sexual Healing (Oops Pt. 2) - Another fave. With an Eve sound-alike (Jade) this song is bangin'! *****

17) Big Spender - I don't know why everyone is bashing this song. It's very good. Although Tweet doesn't humm a note on this song, Missy keeps it balzin'! ****

5-0 out of 5 stars Speechless!!!
This album is more different than any album in the music business and better. She earns a Grammy for her singing. The sound of her voice makes it seems it she's just being herself and is not trying to be all perfect like Ashanti.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very good debut
When Tweet first came onto the scene, she was mercilessly compared to Ashanti. In fact, all the attention shoved on Ashanti hurt her in music sales. Although Ashanti may have the edge sales-wise, musically, she ain't got nothin' on Tweet. Tweet's voice is very soulful and different from most of the current crop of R&B divas. Although she is friends with Missy Elliott and Timbaland, she only works with them on a handful of songs. She was determined to use her own talents and not be a producer's puppet, and it paid off. Southern Hummingbird is full of terrific songs. Her voice works well in every song, and she has a lot of skill when it comes to songwriting. Her most popular song, "Oops (Oh My)" is one of the many standouts. Off the top of my head, the best ones are "My Place", "Smoking Cigarettes", "Always Will", "Motel", "Heaven", and "Drunk". What makes the album even better is a bonus track from Missy Elliott, and "Big Spender" is a good bonus for a terrific album.

I recommend getting this CD. Hopefully, her next CD will get her the respect she deserves. She is a star in her own right and shouldn't have gotten all those comparisons to Ashanti. In the meantime, enjoy her terrific first album.

5-0 out of 5 stars Music With Feeling!
I found the album to be very experessive without the overdone feel of most music out there. Her singing is proof that one doesn't have to strain and hollar to be convincing. ... Read more


17. Embrya
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The bass line of the opening track is the first sign, and the smooth funk of the second track confirms it: On Embrya, Maxwell has done it again. Sophomore efforts don't always fare well, especially when an artist is still riding high on the accolades of a debut, but Maxwell has managed to take the exquisite soul of 1996's Maxwell's Urban Hang Suite and, without sacrificing any of its verve, turn it into something far more sophisticated. Not only is Embrya a sublime summer soundtrack, it's a groove masterpiece from start to finish. "Luxury: Cococure," the first single, like "'Til the Cops Come Knockin'" before it, is only the slightest taste of the treasures waiting to be devoured. If you're looking for lush ballads, skip to "Matrimony: Maybe You," the haunting "Know These Things: Shouldn't You," and the sensual slow jam "Gravity: Pushing to Pull" (and yes, nearly all the tracks are subtitled like this). They may not be as yearning as those that detailed his weekend-long tryst on Hang Suite (Maxwell knows better than anyone just how far a little restraint can go), but these tracks are gifts on their own. Put them together and you have an album that does nothing but elevate Maxwell's impeccable reputation as the man who breathed life back into the soul of R&B. --Rebecca Wallwork ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars SENSUAL, SENSUOUS AND DELICIOUS TO THE SENSES
Since the dawning of Urban Hang Suite, MTV Unplugged, Luxury:Cococure The Syndrome and now Embrya, I have become a true "can't go to sleep and can't wake up without my Maxwell" fan. Maxwell's music is the type that wraps you in a blanket of warm sexuality, holds on tight, and is good to the last drop. The lyrics and music is smooth, sensuous and envelopes you in a cocoon of sensuality, peace and tranquility. Whether you're relaxing in a luxurious bubble bath or spending time with that special someone, Maxwell's music surrounds you and soothes was ever ails your heart. Maxwell is not afraid to express his sexuality, spirituality and anything that's in between. I hope that we will continually be blessed with evidence of his musical talents. And that he will continue to grow in himself as well as his music and not subside into what others what him to be.

4-0 out of 5 stars Maxwell-Pure Mellow, Soul
Maxwell definitely delivers! UHS was probably one of the most innovative albums during the year of it's release. Embrya evolves into a different type of vibe. While UHS was more of a "groove" album, Embrya invites us to "drown deep" and takes us on a journey where it's okay to just close your eyes and become one with the hypnotic tracks. While the average mainstream listener will probably never get to hear this music on the radio, I know the true R&B- Soul fan will come home and enjoy this on the stereo while sipping a glass of wine and letting the music invade their soul. It's refreshing to hear REAL soul music, not recycled beats and over played melodies..........keep it coming Maxwell!

4-0 out of 5 stars a good album
I never get bored of this album, and listen to it a lot at the moment. Cococure just has to be my favourite. But i also love the spanish verse on the previous track.
Didn't know Maxwell at all before buying Now and Embrya and just took a bit of a risk. Glad i did!!!! I think he's amazing.

5-0 out of 5 stars Well Done
I purchased this CD when it came out and was really enchanted with several of the songs. They were really unlike anything I've ever heard. For example, the song Submerge - eerily pleasing, kind of esoteric. I liked that, the song was made for me. Very poetic and different. Gravity is another one. I would never have expected a sound like this from a black artist (not to sound cynical) but I was really suprised. Matrimony was the jam back in those days as well as Luxury: Cococure. Maxwell is a unique artist and I enjoyed this CD.

4-0 out of 5 stars wicked album
possibly one of the best soul albums of the 90s. The production's originality, at a time where overly synth music dominated r&b and soul, was a refreshing change. The voice is as tangible yet delicately soulful as silk. The heat in the organic rhythms are at redline levels. the atmosphere is suffocated with passion yet it's lush love is the only think you dont want to escape. Not really a huge fan of this sort of music suprisingly, but who can deny really good music. Submerge within the light is possibly one of the most beautiful songs. It's hard for me to compare him to anyone, though some argue that he has heavy Prince influences (which I dont see, the voice style existed way before Prince). If anything this album seems like he was once a member of Earth, Wind, and Fire, and had fallen in love with some angelic creature (I've been told that this album is not about a girl, but his love affair with God) and escaped to an exotic island in the Indian ocean. Sounds poetic? Just listen to the album and you'll see the same thing. Beautiful.

As a Caribbean man from New York I am aware of a difficulty in modern American music where African descended males are projected as thugs only or "player" type lovers. It's incredible to see that it's not exclusive and Maxwell does it with creativity and originality. ... Read more


18. My Name Is Joe
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R&B jack of all trades Joe Thomas has garnered his share of success (three gold singles, the platinum All That I Am, a prominent role on Mariah Carey's "Thank God I Found You") without rising to superstardom. My Name is Joe, his third album, is his bid to change that. Fully loaded mainstream soul, Joe splits most of its time between "sensitive" ballads ("Treat Her Like a Lady" suggests sending a greeting card) and randy I'll-freak-you declarations; at its conceptual limit, it combines both in the same song. With a fine voice and OK-but-well-crafted songs, Joe is, ahem, positioned to step into Keith Sweat's bedroom slippers.--Rickey Wright ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Must Own CD!
What can I say? My Name Is Joe is one of the best R&B CD's ever released. This CD does not deserve a five star rating. This CD should earn a five and a half star rating! I purchased this CD on the first day it was released. I usually don't purchase a CD if I didn't previously listen to it, but Joe is one exception. The only songs that I previously heard before I purchased this CD were "I Wanna Know" and "Thank God I Found You." Joe's previous album, All That I Am, was great. I knew that Joe would have a lot of pressure on him when he created My Name Is Joe. I am proud to say that Joe did not disappoint his fans. If you thought All That I Am was a great CD, you have not seen anything yet! If you ask me, My Name Is Joe is a lot better than All That I Am. Every song on the CD is great. There are some songs that have a different sound than his previous CD. Songs such as "Stutter," "Get Crunk Tonight," and "Black Hawk," all have a different up tempo beat. "Treat Her Like A Lady" and "So Beautiful" both have a nice slow tempo rhythm. My favorite songs on the CD are, "I Wanna Know," "Somebody Gotta Be On Top," "Table For Two," "5 6 3 (JOE)," "Peep Show," "One Life Stand," "I Believe In You," and "Thank God I Found You." "Table For Two" really amazed me the first time I listened to it. The song has a very nice fast beat to it. The second half of the song has a very nice crossover sound (The best crossover sound can be heard with a good stereo). The crossover sound alternates from the right and left speakers. A very innovative idea Joe! "Thank God I Found You" is a remake of Keith Sweat's "Make It Last Forever." While the song is not quite as good as Keith Sweat's masterpiece, it is still enjoyable to the ears. Joe's vocal talent is just amazing. He is one of the best singers of R&B. Very few male singers can compare to Joe's vocals. If you have noticed, every song on the CD has been mentioned. Every song has a unique quality that will appeal to everyone. If you are a true fan of R&B music, THIS IS A MUST OWN CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars .... Another classic CD by Joe
After hearing "I Wanna Know" from "The Wood" soundtrack and "Rose In A Concrete World" from the "Romeo Must Die" soundtrack, I knew Joe would have a classic CD on his hands once it came out. "All That I Am" is already a classic album, so I knew Joe would not want to disappoint his followers by releasing a CD that didn't compare to his last album. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. "My Name Is Joe" will be a classic for many years to come. The music selection is similar to his last CD, but on this CD Joe is a "little bit more up front." While he does respect the ladies, he has more of a Keith Sweat, R Kelly, or Silk's last CD "Tonight", feel to it. This does not take the quality away from the CD, it just shows a different presentation from the artist. On his last CD, he did have "All The Things" and "The Love Scene", but on this CD you'll find about 2 or 3 more songs that cover that topic. The best songs on the CD are clearly, "Treat Her Like A Lady", "One Life Stand", "I Believe In You w/NSYNC, and "Table for Two". As an added bonus he also has the "Thank God I Found You" (Remix) w/Mariah Carey and Nas. There are a lot of r&b CDs scheduled to be released in the year 2000, but its going to take a lot of time and hard work to get better than this. So find your significant other, girlfriend, wife, "friend", or mistress, sit back and enjoy yourself. If you can't get in the mood when this CD is in the stereo, you might want to go see a doctor, Enjoy!

4-0 out of 5 stars Great album
This album is the follow from 'all that i am.' This album is slightly more pop than the last however it is still a greeat album. The best track by far on the album is the collaboration with mariah carey and nas, 'thank god i found you.' This is one of joes best songs and is also on mariah's album. Another suprisingly good track is the one with nsync, yes nsync. 'i believe in you' is one of the slightly more pop tracks on the album, but still has the R&B touch.

On the whole this is a great album, although at times it may seem abit to pop for some people. To some up this album i would say its far more funky, and pop as opposed to soul. However still a good album which i guess will appeal to a wider audience.

5-0 out of 5 stars For The Love of Joe!
I can't BELIEVE I haven't written a review on this cd. What can I say? I almost got a ticket flying down I-10 on my way to Baton Rouge with the top down listening to this cd for the very first time. I LOVE ME SOME HIM! I will buy ANYTHING this man sings. Why, because he CAN sing and he can make me smile. That's what its all about anyway. What makes you smile. I can review each and every single song on this cd. I'm buying it for the 4th time now. Damn thieves in Houston....lol From the beginning to the ending...this cd ranks #1 with me. I wish I could give it 100 stars. I'm awaiting the new one now. I can detect Joe basically on any song from the radio. His voice is unique..or could it be I've listened to him so much he's like my own child calling me in a crowd of a 1000 people. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE SOME JOE....all of Joe, that is.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the great R&B albums of all time.
It really doesn't get any better than this. What Joe has done with this album is return sensual romance to music- what R&B is really all about. Marvin Gaye started it, and Joe has PERFECTED it. That's right, I'm comparing Joe to the great Marvin Gaye. True, some of the content may not be right for a younger audience, but if you're mature enough to handle the sensuality(it's absolutely dripping with it), you're in for one hell of a musical experience. Listen to the album all the way through, and brace yourself for track #13, So Beautiful, possibly the single best r&b track of all time. You'll find yourself putting that track on repeat and listening to it for hours on end- it's that good. Plain and simple, if you're a fan of the genre, either old stuff or new, you NEED this album in your collection, it's not complete without it. ... Read more


19. Infinite Possibilities
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Sales Rank: 10055
Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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Amel Larrieux, formerly of mellow duo Groove Theory, unleashes her wholesome musical and personal aspirations on her ear-catching solo debut, Infinite Possibilities. A fusion of hip-hop, groovy R&B, jazz, and Middle Eastern and African rhythms overlaid with the singer's soulful vocal meanderings, the album resonates with the influences of Sade, Innervisions-era Stevie Wonder, and Prince. All the while thoughtful and respectful to God, Larrieux's good-girl vibes are made less ordinary with a multilayered, proficient musical backdrop that deepens with each listen. The single "Get Up" reels the listener in with atmospheric synth notes and Larrieux's beguiling vocals, which spiral into a jazzy tone poem to close the track. "Sweet Misery" is another tune bolstered by her heartfelt vocal expressions, and "Infinite Possibilities" conveys the title's meaning as it builds to its climax of overlapping vocal rounds, dreamy keyboards, reverberating guitar chords, and plugging bass. "Down" is a striking funked-up variation on the piano-bar diva's usual melancholy mood. While not as gutsy as such contemporaries as Macy Gray and Angie Stone, Larrieux's vision for a modern, world-beat-savvy sound gains significance the longer it stays in the player. --Rebecca Robinson ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars A breath of fresh air...
Former Groove Theory vocalist Amel Larrieux steps up with a fresh and breezy debut album. "Infinite Possibilities" is, as a whole, all about subtleties: the percussion and keyboard effects aren't always caught on the first listen, and the intricacies of the arrangements seep in with repeat plays as well. Most impressive are the vocals; Amel has a way of taking a line and scattering her voice all over it; several notes are used but her light, warm and breathy tone makes it sound effortless and (thankfully) never gives the impression of over-emoting. "Get Up," "Searchin for My Soul," and the title track are all standout cuts (imagine a loosened-up Sade being introduced to funkier beats) and "Even If" and "Make Me Whole" are lovely ballads perfectly executed. But the album's strongest moment comes on "Down," a funky, intoxicating, Sarah-Vaughan-meets-acid-jazz experiment that pays dividends. This is definitely adult R&B, full of mature, understated soul...it's clear that Amel Larrieux's musical future has infinite possibilities.

4-0 out of 5 stars Infinetely sublime 4.5 stars
It's too bad amazon doesn't allow reviwers to use half stars in theri reviews because this album is definetly 4 1/2 star material. 5 stars being an absolute classic. That being said I thouroughly enjoyed Amel Larrieux debut album Infinte possibilities. Honestly it's been a long time since I said i've enjoyed and album from a new artist in a long time. I first heard Amel's voice from the minor hit she had with the group groove theory "tell Me" I liked the song but found GT's music to be a little lacking. (too sample heavy) Needles to say I didn't buy their album. Then recently i heard Amel's first single "get up". I liked this one as well but i still relented on buying her album. I really didn't want to hear another R&B album full of hip hop samples. But something in me nagged me to give this one a chance. I did and boy was i pleasantly suprised! Besides the everyman's anthem 'get up' I found all of the songs (10) to not oly be well written, sung and produced but the message in them to be uplifting overall. I know to some of you it may sound corny but there's only so much of booty calls and hittin it you can deal with in a song. The production on Infinete is also very quality, no cheesy samples with a keyboard in the background, but inventive beats that and creative melodies. The music kind of reminded me of the Soul to Soul albums from the late 80's early 90's Most of all I really loved Amel's voice, like so man other she does come across as very Sade like. Only not as Melancholy. Her voce is not strong, more whispery and soft, she definetly can sing. Overall I was very impressed with Amel Larrieux's album. Although there's only 10 songs on it there all good. There are no radio friendly cuts on it beside get up, but it's the type of album you can play all the way through and enjoy it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Infinite Possibilities - 4.5 stars
A solid and very well-crafted solo debut from Amel Larrieux, an extremely gifted singer in possession of a unique and beautiful voice. Amel is easily one of the most impressive female singers in the modern R&B/Nu Soul genre.

4.5 stars!

5-0 out of 5 stars ANY of Amel Larrieux's music is a MUST HAVE - PERIOD!
I have been a fan of Amel's since Groove Theory! Oh My Gosh! Her music makes me FEEL; you know what I mean? It's like I am in another world when I listen to her music. She is one of only five artists (Sade, Cassandra Wilson, Bilal, Erykah Badu are the others) for which I would buy the CD without hearing sample songs first. My advice: get into Amel Larrieux! She is our modern day Billie Holiday...

5-0 out of 5 stars "Jazzy" and Smooth
Her voice.. It's almost indescribable. It flows all too well. This album is a favorite of mine simply because I can just pop it in and maintain an uninterrupted groove. My favorite song would be "Sweet Misery" since I know that oxymoron all too well. I felt the misery in her voice just as I have in life, and that's the type of music we need. Music we can FEEL. But anyway, I think the cd's best described as 'jazzy' and smooth. Before you get deep into your groove, you can read the lyrics on the cd cover for a little preview of the loveliness Amel brings to the table. It's a great album. ... Read more


20. Chant Down Babylon
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Sales Rank: 8825
Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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On Chant Down Babylon, Bob Marley's master tapes meet the next generation. Marley hardly needs help selling records, so these studio-engineered duets may reflect an honest attempt at linking his musical legacy with contemporary artists. Even those sympathetic to the concept, though, should wonder if it's wise to substitute new backing tracks for the original sinuous grooves of "Concrete Jungle" and "Rebel Music." (To the disc's credit, the rhythms of "No More Trouble" and "Rastaman Chant" are left largely intact.) And as obvious as the connection between reggae and hip-hop is, Guru ("Johnny Was") and even Chuck D ("Survival a.k.a. Black Survivors") have nothing to add to Marley's perfectly chosen words. Finally, don't be surprised if your patience wears as several of Marley's sons help travesty "Kinky Reggae." --Rickey Wright ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars THE MUSIC WAS ITAL, BUT THE ARTISTS NOT QUITE
I want to start off saying that this cd is a beautiful blend of reggae and hiphop. I am a devoted fan of Roots Reggae and Jah Prophet Bob Marley. In a purely musical sense, the cd was superb. The beats and vocals do not try to overwhelm Bob Marley's true spirit, and it is a great tool for bringing His music to America. However, I was a bit surprised at Stephen Marley's choice of artists. Many of them represent of the black man exactly what Marley was fighting against: disrespect, irresponsibility, absence of pride, and immorality. Example: Krayzie Bone, a gangsta rapper in every sense of the word. In all of his other songs he preaches violence, disrespect, and immorality. He obviously has no pride for his people. The same goes for Busta Ryhmes, Rakim, etc. On the other hand, bravo for his choices of Lauryn Hill and The Roots, who really strive for self-pride of the African Nation. In other words, the music was great and the lyrics beautiful, but if (hopefully) there is another cd, Stephen will choose better role-models for the Afro community. Great tracks include: Johnny Was, Concrete Jungle, Turn Your Lights Down Low, Kinky Reggae, Burnin' and Lootin'.

5-0 out of 5 stars kinky Reggae
I just started listening to old school Reggae and I think this was excellent! Stephen Marley did a good job in producing this. The hip-hop, R&B fusion with Reggae introduces generation X to classical reggae. I think Damion Marley did a great job with the drum beats! The drum is the essential instrument in any African music. If you listen closely you will hear the drums going really strong. I don't think this was a disgrace to Bob Marley. If Mr.Marley were alive today, he would no doubt collaborated with some hip-hop artists to appeal to generation X. Bob Marley will always be a legend and his children don't need to resort to anything desperate to sell records. My favorite tracks are Kinky Reggae, Black Survivors, Turn your lights down low, Concrete Jungle and Guilteness. The only thing I disagree with on this CD is the reference to 2-PAC and Biggie on Johnny was a good man. They were thugs, not men! Anyway, if you like reggae and R & B this CD is a must. I listen to it everyday and have started my own collection of Classical reggae. So buy this CD and you will begin your collection also. May God, Jah, or Allah, bless you. Peace!

2-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not the Bob vision
There is a lot of good stuff on this CD, and it is enjoyable to listen too. However, the re-make artists' vision and the Bob vision clash horribly. Bob had a completely different approach to fighting for rights and equality than these re-make artists do, and I find it very disrespectful to Bob and his life to twist his songs in this manner. As I said, there is some good musical stuff here, but I find it unpleasant to listen to because it's not right to do something like that to Bob's vision. His songs were masterpieces in themeselves, and they deserve to be appreciated in their original beauty.

4-0 out of 5 stars a TRUE reggae fan
this is a kind of response to mr. tj from Portland who wrote that every true Marley fan will be disappointed with this album. I really disagree. I have been listening to ska and reggae for years and have various albums from Bob, Peter Tosh, Skatalites and many others. I find this cd brilliant except for one fact -> there's no reggae on it. Anyway, Rebel Music remix is sooo outstanding just like Johnny Was a Good Man or Jammin'. It's a great way to connect the younger audience listening to hip hop with that good old reggae. And if Bobby was alive, I'm sure he'd approve ...

5-0 out of 5 stars DISINTERRED RELICS BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE
Bob Marley, dead for 19 years, get new life in this terrific collection of 12 relics disinterred by his son Stephen. The younger Marley took alternate vocal takes from his papa's original hit recordings, then laid them down to new tracks recorded by some of hip hop's hottest talents. MC Lyte on "Jammin'." Erykah Badu on "No More Trouble." And the most touching of all: "Turn Your Lights Down Low," in which Marley's voice melds with Lauryn Hill, the mother of his two grandchildren. Sorry, Natalie, but this is what's known as unforgettable. ... Read more


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