Various Artists - Sparkle OST
First the bad news. If you are going to buy this CD for Whitney Houston's last two ever recorded songs - don't. They are the soundtrack's low points. Whitney bounces it up on the disco infused song Celebrate and croaks in the gospel styled song His Eye On The Sparrow, but the two songs are just not impressive at all. Now for the good news! Besides the late Whitney's not-so-impressed songs, this is actually a brilliant CD. You get a bit of soul funk with Cee Lo's I'm A Man and retro-soul from Jordin Spark's One Win.
Jennifer Lopez - Dance Again...The Hits
In 1999 Jennifer Lopez had us all grooving to her song If You Had My Love and soon it became clear that the actress-turned-singer is more than a pretty face on the silverscreen. In 2002 she shot to the top of the charts with her infectious single Jenny From The Block and we all wondered, will she make it as a singer? The answer? Yes! This collection of dance hits proves, as well as having quite a body, she also has quite a body of work. Jennifer Lopez returns to her music roots with her first greatest-hits album, and from near-classic dance anthem "Waiting for Tonight" to new track "Goin' In," this compilation is fun to blast from start to finish.
Joss Stone - The Soul Sessions Vol. 2
When Joss Stone was a mere 15-years old, she bowled us over with first album, The Soul Sessions. It was a collection of R&B covers that were originally released years before she was born. Nearly a decade later Joss returns to the all-covers format on her sixth album, The Soul Sessions Vol. 2. Thankfully, Joss stay clear of the so-called "well known" songs, and stick with the more obscure R&B and collection of Seventies (and Seventies- esque) soul nuggets, like the Chi-Lites' "(For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People," the Dells' "The Love We Had (Stays on My Mind)," and Sylvia's "Pillow Talk." She gives each song a sweaty sexy blues growl that is just awesome.
Rick Ross - God Forgives, I Don't
Miami rapper Rick Ross' fifth solo album in six years is loaded with undeniable quality tunes, making his new offering his most well-balanced piece of work to date. His husky voice is full of bravado with eloquence that is easy to digest. He stays in his familiar lane, rapping about grimy street life, his large stash of cash, luxury cars, women and his rise from rags to riches. The rapper has bossed up and partnered with the superstar Usher for his new single “Touch’N You.” “Before I was ever in this position, I promised myself I would never take it for granted,” Rick explains. “So that’s what I did with this project…it’s my best body of work yet. God Forgives, I Don’t is a very dark story…it’s extremely lyrical. The music is next level. I’m expecting nothing but the biggest results. That’s what’s needed, and I’m going to deliver”.