Listen Up: New R&B Album Must-Haves
Forget auto-tune and stage theatrics. Real music is all about emotion and harmony. With a blend of live instruments and soulful, sultry voices, these old- and new-school artists are working hard to bring the R&B sound back to its former chart-topping glory.
Will Downing, Silver
Celebrating his 25th year as a recording artist, the singer/songwriter delivers this mix of something old and new. “Ooh Baby Baby” will set a mellow mood while “Stuff That I Like” is great for a fun, flirty groove.
Donell Jones, Forever
The Chi -Town crooner’s sixth studio album reflects his contentment with everything from matters of the heart to his own maturity as a man. The standout tracks “Forever” and “Sorry I Hurt You” serve as deep manuals on love— as well as how to cherish it.
Tamar Braxton, Love and War
Like a rollercoaster ride of feelings, this project explores passion and the tumultuous nature of relationships. Expect to do plenty of head bopping and slow dancing as you experience this musical journey, chock-full of heartfelt sentiments.
Prepare to be inspired and enchanted by beautiful ballads including “Cocoa Butter,” which is as tantalizing as a lover’s caress on a romantic evening. Thematically, the tracks are easy on the ears, heartwarming and filled with nourishment for the spirit.
TGT, Three Kings
The sensual supergroup composed of Tyrese, Ginuwine and Tank offers up seductive songs like “Sex Never Felt Better” and “I Need.” Ladies, be ready for a cool-down after listening because this talented trio is ready to heat things up.
Jaheim, Appreciation Day
Fans of the raspy singer will enjoy this compilation of classic R&B-styled tunes. Laced with feel-good messages, the songs pay homage to grown and sexy women every-where. Tracks like “Age Ain’t a Factor” are a prime example.
Earth, Wind and Fire, Now, Then and Forever
After an eight-year hiatus, the legendary band returns with their signature combo of energetic, soulful, socially and spiritually uplifting music. Songs to keep on repeat include the lovely “My Promise” and the funky “Dance Floor.”
Raheem DeVaughn, A Place Called Loveland
Honest. Titillating. Intense. Those words perfectly describe the Washington, DC native’s fourth LP, which is loaded with steamy love songs that are guaranteed to make any space feel like a hot summer night.