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sol-angel.jpgIt's time to put your money where your mouth is, folks. We tend to be very critical here on this site (and by "we" I mean the SB staff and our wonderful visitors) but all the critiques in the world count for nada if we aren't actually purchasing music, the legal way. What follows is a rundown of releases hitting stores in the near future and some that still deserve some love. What are you buying?

OUT THIS WEEK

Solange: Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams (Anticipation Rating: 2 out of 5)
Solange Knowles is trying her damnedest to carve out a niche of her own. This is a respectable goal and one all artists should aspire to no matter the pedigree. But I'm erring on the side of caution with her album. When I learned that it was being aimed at the "intellectual, backpacking, coffee shop, digital kid", I took pause. This niche audience lives by its own rules and doesn't enjoy being pandered to. In fact, this is possibly the group that will defiantly look the other way based on her last name. Note to Geffen and the artist: Release the music you believe in and whoever comes on board will do it because they're feeling it. Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams features high-profile production by The Neptunes, Cee-Lo, and Mark Ronson. Will you buy? [Amazon][Review]

eric-benet-cover.jpgON THE WAY

Eric Benét: Love & Life (Anticipation Rating: 4) [Amazon]
LL Cool J: Exit 13 (Anticipation Rating: 2) [Amazon]

September 9th will see releases from two seasoned male artists with a dedicated female following. Eric Benét's Love & Life ranks high on our anticipation scale because of all the love our readers have shown him over the past few weeks, a level of yearning that's only second to Maxwell 'round these parts. LL Cool J is one of those artists we genuinely love because of their persona and tenure, but the music is just "there". In general, we think someone should take him aside, perhaps a Pete Rock or a DJ Premier, and really give him some of the hungry, old school Hip Hop flavor that kept him energetic and on-point back in the day. But here's wishing him success on his Def Jam swansong Exit 13.


BEEN OUT

N*E*R*D: Seeing Sounds [Amazon]

Anyone that's been keeping up with the production outfit known as The Neptunes for any length of time knows that the fellas seem most in their element as N.E.R.D. Their third release has the kind of colors, big sounds and attitude that was tragically lacking from Pharrell's In My Mind. Each track is bursting with flavor and musical changes. Simply put, the joint is polished clean with not a single track overstaying its welcome. In fact, my only complaint would be that it all ends too soon.

Let us know in the comments what you plan on buying or what you have purchased in recent weeks. We know the Internet makes it easy to snag music for free these days, but there's no shame in supporting an artist you actually like.


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12 Responses

  1. I own Seeing Sounds and that album is the shiznit!! I saw Eric Benet perform in Philly on yesterday so he will get my money also. I also recently purchased Re-Creaction by Naked Music

  2. I'm excited about N.E.R.D. I've never been a huge Benet fan though his voice is gorgeous. The jury is still out on Solange, though I dig her trying to go her own way.

  3. I agree, Seeing Sounds is a great album, and it's definitely too short.
    In queue to buy: Raphael Saadiq, Jazmine Sullivan, Common, Q-Tip
    If what I hear on the internet is quality, the artist can rest assured I'm showing my support and buying the album, regardless of whether there are alternative ways to obtain it.

  4. I think the Solange album will be brilliant based on what I've heard so far. I know that she's as calculating as her sister, but at least the music holds up. Beyonce's rarely does.

  5. I tried to give a homeless dude a free copy of Solange's CD, he gave it back. Nuff said

  6. I had the chance to see Solange perform on the Art of love Tour w/Chrisette Michelle & Raheem Devaughn earlier this summer. I will be completly honest, I was skeptical at first, because I LOVE Beyonce, and her shoes are hard for any female artist to fill, let alone her little sister. But I was pleasantly surprised by Solange. Although she was in a walking boot, she sang and interacted with the crowd, and I will be purhcasing her album tommorow.
    I'm really diggin Jazmine Sullivan, I came across some of her stuff earlier this year on another blog and I cnat wait for her album to come out. I'm also waiting with baited breath for that new Robin Thicke. I've been a fan since Beautiful World and seeing him live last year solidified him as my Blue Eyed Soul crush. I'm also excited about Neyo's new one, and I wish they'd hurry up and drop it.
    That NERD album is FIRE , I've been playing it regularly since July 4th.

  7. Can Solange stop fooling us already????Gimmick.

  8. Doesn't Maiyesha come out tomorrow, also? I thought I saw that on Amazon.

  9. N.E.R.D. yes.
    Everyone else? NO. Although I will give Solange's album a listen. Once.

  10. Solange = yes
    I love the sounds that have leaked online so far. I will be getting the cd when I can. Yall don't forget -- Solange co-wrote/wrote quite a few hits for B, Kelly, Michelle, collectively, apart, and a few others.
    I believe she's got the chops.

  11. I was just about to email the site to ask whatever happened to the weekly "Releases" posting that you guys used to do. I depended on that heavily to figure out what music I should buy, since I never know when albums drop.

  12. I received Solange's album today and I have to say that it lives up to the hype. Tho the niche pandering is quite vomit inducing, I do believe she's going her own way and her music is true to who she is....



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