New Music Tuesday: Jamie Foxx, Keri Hilson and Keyshia Cole
Jamie Foxx, Keri Hilson and Keyshia Cole have brand new albums coming out today.
This is the final week before Christmas and while the new music releases have slowed down a lot this week there are a few things out there that are worth talking about (Jamie Foxx, Keri Hilson and Keyshia Cole).
Jamie Foxx has his new album Best Night of My Life. While he is mostly known (musically that is) for his first album and for guesting on a few high profile songs like Kanye West’s “Gold Digger” this is actually his fourth studio album and you get a lot of bang for your buck. There are 15 new tracks here and he has a pretty impressive lineup of guest stars including Drake, Justin Timberlake,T.I., Ludacris and Rick Ross. The album is a mix of hip hop, R&B and Soul and it finds Jamie Foxx in good voice and having a lot of fun doing something he is clearly passionate about.
Keri Hilson’s second album No Boys Allowed hits the stores today as well. Keri Hilson first got noticed as a model and while she continues to model, she is focusing full time on her music now. Her last album went gold and had a couple of pretty big hits. This album finds her a little more confident and doing her thing. She makes infectious dance tracks that make you want to crank up the volume and dance around your living room. This is a club record, but it also has an underlying message of female empowerment. Keri Hilson is more aggressive and sexual than she has been in the past. On here last album Keri was a nice girl looking for some fun, now she is showing her aggressive side as the vixen who is taking what is hers.
Keyshia Cole is back with her fourth album and it starts off with a bang with “I Ain’t Through” which features the red hot Nicki Minaj. With this track Keyshia Cole announces that she is still here and she isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. Beyond that, though, this album finds a new Keyshia emerging. Gone is the angry, angst ridden person of the past. She seems a little happier than she has been on past albums. Maybe it is because she became a mom this last year or maybe she just found some peace. Either way, she is still captivating and makes interesting music. It is a little different than angry Keyshia Cole, but it is still good.
Rounding out the big releases this week is Ghostface Killah’s Appllo Kids. While he is best known as part of the Wu Tang Clan, this is Ghostface Killah’s seventh solo album and he hasn’t lost that edge or anger that has made him a hip hop legend. Killah takes us back to the streets where he grew up and shows the hardship, hope, and reality of life there. Ghostface is a good writer and has some interesting lyrics here and he isn’t afraid to experiment with different sounds. If you like Ghostface or Wu Tang, you should enjoy this album.
This week also saw some interesting reissues. Fresh off his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Alice Cooper’s most recent (and actually good) album Along Came a Spider is back in stores. There is also a great reissue of Tom Wait’s classic album Closing Time. In other albums we have a new one by Loreena McKennitt called Wind That Shakes the Barely. McKennitt is a kind of a new age Celtic singer who never ceases to impress me with her great voice and interesting music. If you are new to McKennitt you can’t go wrong with this new album, but you also might consider her 1997 release Book of Secrets. It is maybe her best record and it is great introduction to this very talented singer.
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