REVIEW: Obi Fernandez: Confessions, Waves and the Garden State

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Paper + Plastick Records brings us an album by Obi Fernandez. Its reggae and soul music with some pieces of pop, and Motown thrown in. In short this album is great. Every song on here is awesome. It’s mostly straight reggae but there’s plenty of a soul and Motown sound in here that I can’t just call it a reggae album, and because of that it just makes me like it even more. I do like reggae a good amount but the trap of reggae is that sometimes a lot of it can start to sound the same, by adding these extra influences in Obi Fernandez not only guaranties an album that doesn’t get boring at any point it also makes it a gateway for many more people that may have not otherwise been into it. This album is great to put on after a stressful day to just relax to. This is a clear recommendation for people who are into reggae albums but if you’re not but you dig Motown or 1960’s soul I’d say you’re also going to want to check this out.

1. Have You Ever
2. Don’t Turn Away
3. The Color of Your Voice
4. Over
5. Pills
6. Get You Through
7. Check Your Time
8. Only A Fool
9. Ugly Comes Out
10. Overdue

Get Confessions, Waves and The Garden State from Amazon HERE

Weekly Label Profile: Motown

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Name: Motown
Lifespan: 1959-Current
Web Site: http://www.motown.com/
Notable Releases/Bands: Michael Jackson, Four Tops, Gladys  night & The Pips, Diana Ross & The Supremes, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, etc etc (you get the idea, they put out a lot of great stuff)
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Started in 1959 as Tamla Records by Berry Gordy Jr, in 1960 it changed to Motown, sence then they’ve gone through some changes being bounced around currently residing as part of the mega giant Universal Music Group. One thing has remained constant over the years, if you’re looking for good Soul or Rhythm and Blues you can never go wrong with Motown.

REVIEW: Raphael Saadiq: The Way I See It

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raphaelsDr. Emmett Brown must have had a hand is producing this album because it is very capable of time travel. I’m not sure how or where but I think they fitted a flux capacitor on the CD somewhere. Released September 2008 its forty years behind on the times, and this I say as a high compliment. If you just popped this in the CD player and told me it was released in 1968 I would have believed you, no question. The only two things that don’t quite fit in with that old Motown sound is the opening line on “Let’s Take a Walk” (I don’t think they’d allow that back then) and the “Oh Girl [remix]” featuring Jay-Z. Of which the “Oh Girl [remix]” is probably the only partly skippable song on the album, this I blame Jay-Z for. I purchased this CD and it stayed locked solid in my CD player for three days straight, I’ve listened to it non-stop six times in a row and it’s still great. Raphael Saadiq’s fourth studio album and he captures that old Soul, R&B, Motown sound without flaw. If you enjoy Gladys Knight & The Pips, Al Green, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Delfonics, The Stylistics, or Stevie Wonder [whom the album features on a track] this album is all you. Go pick it up, you will not regret it.

1. “Sure Hope You Mean It”
2. “100 Yard Dash”
3. “Keep Marchin'”
4. “Big Easy”
5. “Just One Kiss”
6. “Love That Girl”
7. “Calling”
8. “Staying In Love”
9. “Oh Girl”
10.”Let’s Take a Walk”
11.”Never Give You Up” (featuring Stevie Wonder & CJ)
12.”Sometimes”
13.”Oh Girl (Remix)” (featuring Jay-Z)

Get Raphael Saadiq The Way I See It from Amazon HERE

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