Reviews

Mar
14
Review Roundup: Justin Timberlake – ‘The 20/20 Experience’

The 20/20 Experience

It’s been over six years since Justin Timberlake released his last album FutureSex/LoveSounds. Since then, the 32-year-old singer has remained focused on his acting career and personal life, marrying Jessica Biel last year.

Now he returns to his first love, music, with his third album, The 20/20 Experience, which can be streamed on iTunes. The Grammy winner reunites with Timbaland, who produced all 10 tracks, while his “Legends of the Summer” tourmate Jay-Z appears on the lead single “Suit & Tie.”

Was it worth the wait? Find out what the critics had to say about J.T.’s comeback.

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Nov
27
Review Roundup: Alicia Keys – ‘Girl on Fire’

Girl on Fire

It’s been three years since Alicia Keys released her last album. Since then, the 31-year-old singer has become a wife and mother, showcasing her newfound freedom and sound on her fifth album Girl on Fire, which she calls her best work yet. The Grammy winner reaches outside her usual collaborators, calling on Frank Ocean, Bruno Mars, Jamie xx, Emeli Sandé, Maxwell, and Nicki Minaj, who appears on the lead single.

Did Alicia spark a fire with critics? Find out below.

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Nov
20
Review Roundup: Rihanna – ‘Unapologetic’

Unapologetic

Rihanna has come a long way since “Pon de Replay.” Seven years after making her debut, Barbados’ hottest export is all grown up on her seventh album, Unapologetic. The reigning pop princess serves up a mix of dance tracks, dark ballads, and club bangers, calling on collaborators Chris Brown, Eminem, and Future, and hitmakers including The-Dream, David Guetta, Stargate, Pop Wansel, and No I.D. How did the critics rate RiRi’s latest? Find out below.

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Oct
24
Review Roundup: Kendrick Lamar – ‘good kid, m.A.A.d city’

good kid, m.A.A.d city

With the West Coast on his back and co-signs from everyone from Dr. Dre to Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar drops his highly-anticipated debut good kid, m.A.A.d city. Hailed by Dre and Snoop Dogg as the “new king of the West Coast,” the 25-year-old MC paints a vivid portrait of growing up in Compton on the 12 tracks, which feature appearances from Dre, Drake, and Jay Rock, plus production by Pharrell, Hit-Boy, Tha Bizness, Just Blaze, and T-Minus. Did Kendrick live up to the great expectations? Find out below.

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Oct
17
Review Roundup: Brandy – ‘Two Eleven’

Two Eleven

Eighteen years after the release of her multi-platinum debut, Brandy basks in the glory on her sixth album Two Eleven. Boasting big-name collaborators including Chris Brown, Frank Ocean, Rico Love, Sean Garrett, and Bangladesh, the set aims to please the toughest of R&B critics with cuts like “Wildest Dreams,” “Hardly Breathing,” and “Scared of Beautiful.”

“No gimmicks, real R&B music,” said the now 33-year-old singer of the project, which pays homage to her late idol Whitney Houston with its title.

Did Brandy deliver? Find out below.

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Oct
3
Review Roundup: Miguel – ‘Kaleidoscope Dream’

Kaleidoscope Dream

Miguel puts his own stamp on R&B with his sophomore album Kaleidoscope Dream, available now. The L.A. crooner delivers 11 effortless tracks, with production from Salaam Remi, Jerry Wonda, and Pop & Oak, plus the No. 1 hit “Adorn” and follow-up “Do You…” Did Miguel’s seductive sound make noise with critics? Find out below.

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Sep
26
Review Roundup: Lupe Fiasco – ‘Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1′

Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

Lupe Fiasco has been waiting years to release his most bold and brash album to date, Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1. While 2011’s Lasers aimed for commercial success, the Chi-town lyricist doesn’t compromise, tackling political, social, and cultural issues on the conscious cuts. The outspoken rapper has criticized everyone from President Obama to Chief Keef, but how did the critics receive his latest? Find out below.

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