Yeah, I'm trying to spice it up a little bit. More sports blogs later. Ahem, in no particular order...
1. Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea
Beautiful album by a soulful singer. I didn't think her self titled debut would be outdone, but it definitely is here. In a society where the term "maturity" gets used a little too freely, The Sea seems to show an older, more contemplative artist. The blend of slow paced songs such as "Love's on it's way" is juxtaposed greatly with faster tracks such as "Paris Nights/New York Mornings". The listener will be able to tell she's having fun with a record that seems to show a variety of ways to mourn and celebrate.
Tracks to enjoy: "I'd do it all again", "The Blackest Lilly", "The Sea"
2. Little Brother - Leftback
The dynamic trio of Phonte, Big Pooh and superproducer 9th Wonder comes to a culmination on this album. Reportedly the last album to be released by the group, Leftback is an impressive effort by the North Carolina natives. While no growth is seen, there isn't a general need for one. Little Brother's great beats, accompanied with the strong lyrics by Phonte give credit to the old adage, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". As a fan and follower for the past few years, it is certainly sad to see this group go, but the promise of solo works keeps me at ease.
Tracks to enjoy: "Curtain Call", "24", "Second Chances"
3.Laws - 4:57
Meet your future favorite rapper.
At least that's what Laws claims on this album. What Laws lacks in being a veteran presence, he makes up with by raw energy and a strong lyrical presence. While some of the songs contain a certain cliche aspect (Choruses seem to be lacking a bit in creativity), the Justice League member proves that he has the right idea to move forward as a presence in underground hip-hop. From trunk rattling bass to electronic vibes, this album seems to have it all and is generally put together very well.
Tracks to enjoy: "Colors", "Hold You Down", "Hustle"