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Michael Kiwanuka

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We have reviewed some great current soul/R&B albums lately, with artists such as Charles Bradley, Aloe Blacc, and Vintage Trouble giving us some retro sounds that brilliantly allude to that classic sound of yesterday while tweaking it for our time. We have to add a new artist to this list, to the list of artists who belong on the shelf—and your iPod—with Bill Withers, Al Green, and Marvin Gaye.  Michael Kiwanuka.

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CBGB's Spirit—The Duke Spirit Now!

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Rating 99% (14 Votes)

 

The Duke Spirit hasn’t put out an album since 2011, though their website is up to date—and that’s encouraging.  The only album I know is Bruiser (2011) and I have listened to it many times over and mentioned it to others, though people find what they find no matter what we try to share.  I think they’re good. Very good, in fact.

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Decision Time for Alice Smith

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Rating 89% (18 Votes)

Alice Smith has an amazing voice and there is much potential here, no matter what she chooses. Her latest work, She, does not seem to be one piece though. Some of it verges on dance and some is retro, the first two tunes especially so. Artist/manager/engineer/producer confusion prevents a coherent product.

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Charles Bradley: Dues Paid in Full

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Rating 97% (21 Votes)

From the city of the Gators, Gainesville, comes Charles Bradley, a Newer-Bands-That-Don’t-Sound-Bad singer who sounds like he’s belting out classics in 1971 or so—in a good way—and he could have been.  He’s sixty-four now, not a bad accomplishment to be included here in this category at that age, and has a magnificent sound. And he really is a newer-artist on the world stage, though he’s sung since he was a kid.

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