This Right Here’s a Panty Dropper: R&B/Soul in 2010

Best Song on the Album: Bodies

By FAR the Best Album of 2010 {in any catergory} Is Cee-lo’s The Lady Killer.  This album was so good, I actually paid for it because I wanted the album art.  It’s Soul, R&B, Hip-Hop, Old School all in one.  It tells a story from beginning to end. I highly recommend the purchase of this album.

Favorite Song on the Album: The Other Side ft. Cee-Lo and B.O.B

Bruno Mars has been all over EVERYWHERE this year, and with good reason.  His album, Doo Wops & Hooligans, was the most complete album I heard this year.  Besides the fact that his voice is immaculate, and his production skils are impeccible, this is one of the FEW albums that I can play all the way through without skipping a song. He didn’t stick to one genre, but he moved around seamlessly.  Kudo’s Mr. Mars, now if you could just get off that Nose Candy . . .0_o

Favorite Song on the Album: In Another Time

Sade has been around since I was a little kid.  I actually went to school with her daughter when she came to Detroit in 1985 or 1986 to record an album.  But The BAND’s music stays timeless.  *Little Known Fact: The Band is named Sade, the singer’s name is Helen* This years release, Soldier of Love, is one of those albums that you put on, and just think about your path in life. It’s a very healing kind of record. {Except that song BabyFather, what the F*ck is that song in there for?}

Favorite Song on the Album: The Worst is Over

Laura Izabor is a little known singer from overseas.  But those of us who know her, LOVE HER.  Her album, Let the Truth Be Told, is such a mellow and grown up kind of album.  She has a very smooth/soulful voice.  With the right marketing, she could be a very big artist over here.

Best & Favorite Song on the Album: When a Woman Loves

Before you say anything, I know he peed on an under-aged girl.  But in the words of Riley, “If you don’t wanna get peed on, you move.” Back to the MUSIC. Love Letter is so freaking awesome.  It’s R. Kelly the Grown Man, singing his heart out.  He shows his vocal range in the damn Intro. Judge Me If you Want, I will stay bumping this album for the rest of this year right on into the next.

Favorite Song on any of the albums: Shoes from In My Zone

Bet you thought Breezy would be first on my list didn’t you. I will admit, based solely on Volume of music put out in a year, he should be on top. 1 Studio album, and 3 Mixtapes . . . and his hit single of the year came from a mixtape that was FREE. This trend of artist’s having mixtapes better than their albums is so strange.  Either way, Chris Brown made his presence known this year, in a big way.  #TeamBreezy


Best Song of the Album: Out My Mind, Just in Time

We all know Badu is the TRUTH. But this album, New Amerykah Part 2: Return of the Ankh, took me back to the days of Mama’s Gun. The controversery surrounding the “Window Seat” video shoot alone let me know that Erykah was going to be at her best.  Another album that tells a story, and can be listened to all the way through.  I see you Erykah.

Best Song of the Album: I Can’t Write Left Handed {Originally sung by Bill Withers}

John Legend’s HORRIBLE Hairline aside, he has the voice of a 1960’s soul singer. Teaming up with the Roots for this years, WAKE UP!, was a genius idea.  All live instrumentation, and live recording this is a cry out to a generation that seems to be missing the point.  The fact that these are covers of songs from 40+ years ago, and yet they are still relevant should say a lot about the state of the world.

Best Song of the Album: It’s in the Mornin’ ft Snoop Dogg

There wasn’t much “Get your Freak on” music released this year {Will of Day26’s Sextape will be featured in the MixTape Blog}.  Select tracks on a few albums, but nothing that really spoke to my soul . . . Until Robin Thicke’s Sex Therapy: The Experience came out. The Interludes took me there and the actual tracks just kept me going. I bet Jon B is PISSED right now, Robin just stole all his thunder.

Favorite Song on the Album: Love You Long Time

Jazmine Sullivan came in at the end of the year, but that doesn’t make her album any less great. On Love Me Back, she still has the gruff voice that made people fall in love with her in the first place, but thankfully she is less, “Bust Yo’ Windows” and more “I’m too old for this BS.” This album has a very good balance of faster paced songs and ballad.  Well done Ms. Jazmine.

Cant forget some of the other albums/tracks that just spoke to me, even if the album wasn’t on point…

Whip My Hair – Willow “Sh*ttin’ on Grown Women” Smith

Nobody Wins a War – Raheem DeVaughn ft Dwele, Jill Scott, Ledisi and like 4011 other Neo-Soul artists

Love is Blind – Alicia “Please forget a stole a woman’s husband” Keys

Bittersweet – Fantasia “Yes, I stole yo’ Nupe” Barinno

I Hope She Cheats on You – Marsha “I can yodel and make it sexy” Ambrosuis

Four Women – Jill Scott, Ledisi, Kelly Price, and Marsha Ambrosius

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