Archive for R&B

Review: Utada – This Is The One

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on March 15, 2009 by thearmoredstereo

Popping the dent the failure of Exodus left in her ego, Utada, with the aid of some powerful producers (Stargate, Tricky Stewart, The-Dream) , picks up the pieces with This Is The One and proves that she is serious about releasing quality music for the English-speaking crowd. The tracks are radio friendly for the most part, and still manage to retain their ‘Utadaness,’ the unique quality that has made her a staple in the Japanese music industry for years now.

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Review: Keri Hilson – Energy (Single)

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on June 15, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Keri Hilson‘s story is similar to that of The-Dream and Sean Garrett. For years, she has been behind the scenes writing hits for artists other than herself: Chingy, Britney Spears, Ciara, but she is finally on her way to stepping out and getting her own chance to hog the spotlight.

Ironically, on her debut single, “Energy,” Keri had no role in the creation of the track and has left all of the heavy-lifting to the Runawayz. It irks me that someone capable of doing for themselve is having other people work for them, but the song is good, regardless, so, I forgive.

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Artist Update: Ashanti’s Wal-Mart Soundcheck

Posted in Artist Updates with tags , , on June 5, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Ashanti‘s fourth studio album, The Declaration, proved not to be a contender in the battle for album of the year, or month, but her Wal-Mart Soundcheck reminds us, that while she may not have released the best album she could, Ashanti is still a strong performer.

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Review: Sean Garrett – Turbo 919

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on June 3, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

 After spending years behind the curtain, producing hits for artists like Chris Brown, Ciara, and Beyoncé, Sean Garrett finally decided it was time to release his own album, Turbo 919

It features the strong production skills that Garrett has displayed time and time again on the chart-toppers he’s made for other artists and is full of songs that are perfect for the club or a summer afternoon.

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Review: Ashanti – The Declaration

Posted in Reviews with tags , , on June 2, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

After the disappointing performance of Concrete Rose‘s singles, I was interested to see what Ashanti would do to bring some attention back to her music. Would she find a new sound? Would she get a drastic makeover? Would she learn that she can only do the same thing so many times before people stop caring? No, she didn’t do any of that. And it isn’t like a physical makeover was necessary, but her sound definitely needed a new ‘do. 

The Declaration doesn’t declare much more than the fact that Ashanti will continue to make the same mistakes, over and over again.

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Promoting: Urban Noize

Posted in Promotion with tags , , on May 31, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Urban Noize is a two part production team based in Miami, Florida. They have produced a multitude of mixtapes and exclusive remixes, like this amazing rendition of Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body” that I’m sharing with you today.

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Review: Usher – Here I Stand

Posted in Reviews with tags , on May 23, 2008 by thearmoredstereo

Usher’s latest album strikes an odd chord with me. Here I Stand is supposed to be about growing up, but all Usher seems to sing about, on this album, is lusting after women (“Love In This Club”, “What’s A Man To Do”), being monogamous (“Before I Met You”), having a child (“Prayer For You”) , and making more of them (“Trading Places”, “Love You Gently”). It isn’t like I’m asking Usher to sing about being more responsible or taking better care of himself, but he doesn’t appear more mature on this record; just older.

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