It’s time to close out 2005, especially since I closed out 2004 with one. The 50 of ’05 will be next, but for now, let’s bring out The Mighty Dozen……
I’m sure one or two people (or 50) will find this strange that I like this CD. He’s neither Mariah nor Common, he’s just another guy. It’s good stuff, however. I picked up this CD after I became intrigued with his CD I Love You.
Check Out: Unconditional Love, Party, Together
An award winning songwriter and a great singer, Gordon Chambers manages to supply a solid album perfect for the Urban Contemporary landscape.
Check Out: Touch You There, Slippin’ Away, Always Be Proud
The Inner Beauty Movement
Red Urban Records
Stranger On Earth was a nice start, but Inner Beauty Movement takes it to the next level, and for me was a nice surprise after waiting 4 years for it. No sophomore slump here.
Check Out: Come To Mama, Story Goes, Run To Me.
It’s gotta be a solid CD if I’m still listening to it. If only they could extend On My Way Home because Common shines on that track. And Gone? Well, that doesn’t need to be a hidden track, now does it?
Check Out: Late, Addiction, On My Way Home, Bring Me Down.
You have to love Darien. Doing background and co-lead for PPP, Symbolyc One and Illmind, and Foreign Exchange- and that’s a sample- you know that the EP is solid. We need more.
Check Out: Steppin’ Out, Sacrifice, Listen.
A solid CD, but I wouldn’t expect anything less from them. They continue with the game. The flow of the CD, accentuated with the skits of course, is on point, just as you would expect it to be.
Check Out: All For You, Lovin’ It, Say It Again.
Mariah is back again. As much as I wanted to front, I can’t. With her voice, arrangements, and of course her assembly of artists in the cut, it’s a CD you should have picked up. Forreal.
Check Out: Stay The Night. Circles, Say Somethin’, I Wish I Knew
When I warmed up to it (the fear of too much Kanye will do that to you), I was grateful for this CD. Electric Circus scared me.
Check Out: Love Is, Real People, It’s Your World, They Say
When I was listening to this in my car the very first time. I got pulled into it with will.i.am, tripped up with The Plant Life, went crazy with Roy Ayers in the cut, and then when I heard D’Nell, my friends, I lost my mind. Arguably the best compilation of 2004.
Check Out: D’Nell – 20/20, Roy Ayers – I Am Your Mind, Cee-Lo – Living Again
Dan and Ellie dropped singles This Thing last year and 20/20 this year on compilations, which resulted in pre-emptive strikes to the release of a soulful mellow CD release with solid, tight DJing. It sinks in and just won’t let go. I only wish they would tour the US.
Waajeed and Saadiq drop beats. The strength here, however, is intricacy. Instrumentation? On top. Improvisation? It’s in here. And then top-notch vocals and rhymes? Home run. I’ve even picked up Steve Spacek and Tiombe Lockhart just on the strength of this album.
Check Out: 50 Ways To Leave Your Lover,
Deep Inside, Stay With Me
CDs that could have (or should have) made the countdown: Esthero’s Wikkd Little Grrrls, Ladybug Mecca’s Trip The Light Fantastic, and Rich Medina’s Connecting The Dots.