When the Isley Brothers temporarily splintered in the ’80s, their three youngest members decided to rock out with a jam called “Look The Other Way.”
The Jacksons’ 1984 track “One More Chance” (led by Randy, shown here with brother Jermaine and some chick) is an unheralded classic. It’s also the latest entry in our Shoulda Been A Hit series.
These days, Robin Thicke is a gold and platinum-selling artist. A Grammy winner, the son of actors Alan Thicke and Gloria Loring defines R&B smoothness. However, it took a while for him to become “Robin Thicke.” At the outset of his performing career, he was simply “Thicke,” and his persona was more daring funkster (with a romantic streak) than suited-up smoothie. Robin had already made a name for himself as a singer and songwriter before his debut album, A Beautiful [...]
Citizen Cope is one of those artists you look at and wonder “why isn’t he more famous?” Granted, there are tons of artists you could apply that question to, but, I don’t know, the guy’s got the respect of his peers (Sheryl Crow’s covered him, Dido’s worked with him), and he sells out spots all over the country (the date I went to in Boston about a year and a half ago was sold out-in a decent sized room, too). [...]
Following the downturn in hits that greeted Hall & Oates at the tail end of the Eighties and early Nineties, the fairer half of the duo decided to explore solo opportunities. For his third effort, 1993′s Soul Alone, Daryl drafted a writing and production team spearheaded by the Brooklyn alt-funk trio The Family Stand, who’d most recently helmed Paula Abdul’s multi-million selling Spellbound LP. Marching into the waters of contemporary R&B was nothing new for Daryl, although the sounds of [...]
You know how some artists just frustrate the crap out of you? Or confuse the crap out of you? Marc Broussard’s one of those guys. Seven years ago, his debut major-label album, Carencro (also the name of his Louisiana hometown), landed on my desk. While there was no doubt that the man could sing, it seemed like his record company couldn’t decide if they wanted to make him the next D’Angelo or the next John Mayer, so he became some [...]
If you’re a true music lover, you’re probably well aware that Terence Trent D’Arby didn’t stop making good music after his Grammy-winning debut, “Introducing the Hardline According To…”. Actually, Terence used his success to further his artistic vision, going on to make an additional four albums that fused rock and soul better than just about anyone not named Prince Rogers Nelson. “TTD’s Wildcard!” was released in 2003, after Terence underwent a Prince-like name change of sorts, preferring to be known [...]
When all is said and done, it’ll be really sad if people only remember Lionel Richie by virtue of (in order of embarrassment): *”We Are the World 2010″ *Getting the tar beat out of him by his ex-wife Brenda back in the mid-Eighties *being Nicole Richie’s father (although Nicole has done a great job disassociating herself from the whole Paris Hilton network). Fact of the matter is, Lionel Brockman Richie has been writing and performing great songs for forty years [...]