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These are a few of my favorite things: Jodeci

[One of the longest reviews I wrote for Stylus, on 2005 greatest hits albums by Jodeci and K-Ci and JoJo. Originally published 7/06/05.] The key to Jodeci, as K-Ci & JoJo’s output has shown us, wasn’t K-Ci Hailey, nor was it … Continue reading

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Top 40 of 2016: #6

The attendant album didn’t do much for me, and late this year I skipped an opportunity to see them live (I’d seen their last three U.S. tours), but this song resonated with me more and more strongly as the year … Continue reading

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Top 40 of 2016: #7

TSJ: As Mr. Soto will tell you (and I’ll concur heartily), Raitt’s new Dig In Deep is her best album in a good 15 years. She was an old soul even when young, so aging suits her. And she’s always been randy. … Continue reading

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Top 40 of 2016: #8

TSJ: A huge artistic leap for Solange, “Cranes in the Sky” was co-written and co-produced with Raphael Saadiq, who was a smart choice. His backing track of mostly strings and drums (with some discreet piano) pairs sublimely with Solange’s lyrics about … Continue reading

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Top 40 of 2016: #9

TSJ: This comes on like a 1982 post-punk fever dream, with Savages’ Jehnny Beth singing like an icier Siouxsie Sioux, and Trentemøller pulling out all the stops — including synthesized handclaps and a [Peter] Hook-y bassline. There’s a sincerely warped bit of … Continue reading

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Top 40 of 2016: #10

Pretty much every iconic musical image of the year came from Lemonade; I’m especially fond of this one: This is what power looks like.

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Top 40 of 2016: #11

TSJ: Talk about a sucker punch. I’ve liked RaeLynn’s last two singles perfectly fine, gave them both [7]s, in fact. But I didn’t expect anything like this from her just yet in her career. She’s 22, and recently told Taste of … Continue reading

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