Song of the Week – March 7th, 2008
March 7, 2008, 8:57 pm
Filed under: Gnarls Barkley, Music, Rock, Song of the Week, Soul, The Odd Couple

‘Run (I’m a Natural Disaster)’ by Gnarls Barkley is this week’s Song of the Week. It’s the lead single from the duo’s ‘The Odd Couple’ album due out next month. Gnarls Barkley consists of vocalists Cee-Lo and producer Danger Mouse, and this track sounds like Cee-Lo is channeling the spirit (soul?) of the late James Brown.  The single has a very 60’s soul feel to it, and incorporates samples from 60’s master producer Keith Mansfield.  

You can catch the track at the group’s MySpace page. Their website is still gearing up for the release of the album and the supporting tour, but has some great stuff. 

Song of the Week – December 6th
December 6, 2007, 9:19 am
Filed under: Alicia Keys, Music, R&B, Song of the Week, Soul

Alicia Keys first single from her new album ‘As I Am’ is titled ‘No One’ and it is this week’s Song of the Week. The new track is a winner largely because it puts less emphasis on Ms. Keys’ piano virtuosity and rely’s on her spectacular, soulful voice. Co-written with producers George Harry and Kerry Brothers, Jr., this is her most successful single to date.

You can catch ‘No One’, and her second single ‘Like You’ll Never See Me Again’ on either he MySpace page or her official website, both of which are solid efforts.

Alcia Keys - As I AmAlcia Keys – As I Am

Song of the Week – November 22nd
November 22, 2007, 1:06 am
Filed under: Hip-Hop, Just Fine, Mary J. Blige, Music, Song of the Week, Soul, Work That

Mary J. Blige’s new album, ‘Growing Pains’, is due out in stores December 18th, but there are two new pieces of her work that you will be hearing a lot of during the next month. The first is an excerpt from her single ‘Work That’ which has been used in the latest iPod advertisement, sounding something like her 2001 hit ‘Family Affair’. The other is this week’s Song of the Week, ‘Just Fine’ a mellower track reflecting MJ’s more recent maturity and her standard issue outstanding vocals. Either way you can’t lose. Both are uplifting, self-respect oriented tunes with exceptional vocals.

Enjoy both at her website, or her MySpace page.

Song of the Week – November 1st

Catching up a bit after a crazy week of travel….

Mark Ronson’s single ‘Valerie’ prominently features vocals from Amy Winehouse, though the mock club performance portrayed in the corresponding video shows no sign of her. Probably just as well, since her presence would distract the viewer from Ronson’s music, which would be a shame.

No accident in the choice of singer though; Ronson produced Winehouse’s platinum album ‘Back to Black’ as well as Lily Allen’s ‘Alright, Still’, and it was Ronson’ prowess as a producer and DJ that earned him the label’s backing to produce his own album. The album, “Version” features Winehouse and Allen on vocals and is an upbeat blend of hip hop, soul, R&B melodies and brit punk, all packaged for a club setting.

The next single ‘Oh My God’ featuring Allen is beginning to climb the charts and is an excellent single in a somewhat more mellow arrangement. Similarly “Stop Me” is an arrangement of the Smith’s “Stop Me if You’ve Heard This One Before” featuring Daniel Merriwather and a bit of mashup with the Supreme’s ‘You keep me hanging on’. It’s very enjoyable, but more sober than the upbeat “Valerie”.

Give it a listen at Ronson’s MySpace Page

Song of the Week – June 29
July 2, 2007, 1:37 pm
Filed under: Amy Winehouse, Music, Paolo Nutini, R&B, Rock, Soul

Amy Winehouse’s Rehab, the second single off her Back to Black album was originally released in the UK last Fall, but in the wake of the success of You Know I’m No Good, Rehab has been climbing the charts in the US with fresh energy, and is into the top 10 this week. The song draws from her experiences with her record label which pushed her to go into rehab as a result of her public behavior in the wake of her successful debut album, Frank (2004).
Her vocals have been compared to Macy Gray and Lauren Hill, but there’s more Aretha Franklin in her voice than either of the two more contemporary artists.

She’ll be touring the US in September with Paolo Nutini.

Amy Winehouse’s Website
and MySpace Page