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R & B Albums | A Soulful Journey

The birth of Sade and Luther Vandross, has brought out the soul in me. I grew to cherish this so-called rhythm and blues music that was brimming with so much soul. There was even a period when I went through a craze of hunting for CDs by African American artistes.

Thanks to a recommendation by Singapore music critics Chris Ho, in one of his reviews, I was introduced to India Arie.  I was immediately sold to her name and debut album title, Acoustic Soul. Currently, I am a proud owner of 6 of her albums – Acoustic Soul, Mahogany Soul, Stone Love, Voyage to India, Testimony Vol 1.

Everyone knows how much I love Maxwell’s pitch perfect voice. But I absolutely adore these 5 male artistes  – Joe (I own 4 of 9 albums) , Lynden David Hall (1 of 3), Eric Benet (3 of 6) , Kenny Lattimore (4 of 8) and  Tyrese  (3 of 5) . They are truly my ‘precious collection’. I realized of late it has been hard to buy their new albums. I have missed out on all their album releases in the past few years. It’s so hard to get the CD that I want, what has happened to all the fun of buying CDs at the local record store?

Special mention must be given to the sexy duet album by Kenny Lattimore with his wife, Chante Moore. There is a warning on the CD artwork, “This project may cause pregnancy!”

Did I forget to mention some of my other R & B favourites?  They are Lighthouse Family,  Jill Scott, Mariah Carey, Common and also John Legend.

My take on R&B is that this genre has been over-exploited. Granted, R&B started as African American music, expanded to include gospel, funk  and then subsequently, contemporary. Now, there are so many artistes that claim their music to be R&B!

Just like jazz, the beauty about listening to these albums is that you don’t just pay attention to a single track. Although it can get monotonous at times, getting to the end of an entire record is indeed a soul-searching journey.


– Paul Khor


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