There are very few artists who can put out an album every nine years or so, and still have people breathlessly anticpating their next project. Sade is one of those people, and on Monday night, she held a listening party for her latest, "Soldier of Love," which is due out on Feb. 8. I had the opportunity to talk with her briefly after listening to the music, which is classic Sade. Look up her new single, the title track, out now.
I got the chance to see Corinne Bailey Rae on Thursday night at Joe's Pub as she performed songs from her new album, "The Sea," out next month. I was surprised by how strong and soaring her voice was _ her mellow singing on the album masks her powerful voice. The new material is hot!
Chris Brown, "Graffiti" (Jive) If you listen to Chris Brown's "Graffiti" in a vacuum, you will hear a solid, entertaining album, with a good balance of pillow talk, club grooves, heartfelt ballads and swagger anthems. The problem is, it's not great enough to make you forget about the elephant in the room.