Featured New Releases:

Monica – New Life 

Monica’s personal life has been pushed into the forefront the past few years, specifically during her reality shows, Monica: The Single and Monica: Still Standing. Now that the shows are over, the context of her “New Life,” shifts to creative restructuring due to changes at her long-time label. This opened up the doors to new collaborations, including production by Missy Elliott, some writing contributions by Jazmine Sullivan and guest appearances by Wale, Rick Ross and Mary J. Blige. Something not so new? A reunion between Monica and Brandy on the track, “It All Belongs to Me,” their first song together since the smash hit, “The Boy is Mine,” in 1998.

If You Like:   Brandy, Fantasia, Ashanti
Recommended Track: “Without You”

Think Like a Man (Motion Picture Soundtrack)

In advance of the theatrical release of the movie, Think Like a Man, (based on the Steve Harvey book, Act Like a Lady) an all-star group of artists has written original songs to go along with the film. Contributions include, Kelly Rowland – “Need a Reason” (ft. Future and Bei Maejor), Earth Wind and Fire – “That’s the Way of the World” and the title track sung by Jennifer Hudson and Ne-Yo. Behind the scenes, songs were penned by Vanessa Carlton, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Nas and Drake. You may not have been able to be a fly in the room when those minds met, but you have the next best thing in the Think Like a Man Motion Picture Soundtrack.

If You Like:  Kelly Rowland, Future, Luther Vandross
Recommended Track:   John Legend “Tonight (Best You Ever Had)(ft. Ludacris)”

Alabama Shakes – Boys & Girls 

After becoming the hottest ticket(s) in town across the US leading up to this release, it’s time for Alabama Shakes to prove their studio chops. However, instead of a polished version of their amp’d performances, you get a raw, buzzy and open-spaced reflection, as if the band were playing right in front of you. The biggest difference being that in their live show, singer Brittany Howard truly shines, while this album tries to echo the cohesiveness of the band by pulling her back. That may work for a while, but her star-power is electric and will keep all eyes on this band for some time to come.

If You Like: Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, The Black Keys, Raphael Saadiq
Recommended Track: “Be Mine”

Other Featured Titles Available This Week (4/10/12):

Florence + The MachineMTV Unplugged

M. WardA Wasteland Companion

Bonnie RaittSlipstream

Wilson PhillipsDedicated

Taproot - The Episodes

HalestormThe Strange Case of…

DevinRomancing

Dead SaraDead Sara

Original Broadway Cast RecordingNewsies

Pelican - Ataraxia/Taraxis

Gold FieldsGold Fields EP

Dinosaur FeathersWhistle Tips

Zambri - House of Baasa

Radiation CityCool Nightmare

 

Coming Up Next Week (4/17/12):

Train - California 37

Jason Mraz – Love Is A Four Letter Word

Jack Johnson – Jack Johnson & Friends: Best of Kokua Festival

Neon Trees – Picture Show

Bob Marley & The Wailers – Marley OST

Future - Pluto

Dar Williams – In The Time Of Gods

Dry the River – Shallow Bed

Maps & Atlases – Be Aware and Be Grateful

Our Lady Peace – Curve

Eric Hutchinson – Moving Up Living Down

Dragonforce - The Power Within

Curren$y – The Stone Immaculate

Laibach – Iron Sky

Horse Feathers - Cynic’s New Year

Omar – Sing (If You Want It) Re-Twisted

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