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Latest blues, soul and reggae reviews

Donna Summer: Crayons

Donna Summer: Crayons

Donna Summer returns with an album that truly is a fine encapsulation of her career to date.

Donna Summer, Crayons

Donna Summer returns with an album that truly is a fine encapsulation of her career to date.

Released: 23rd June 2008

Sizzla, Journey: Very Best Of

The idiosyncratic and mercurial Bobo sing-jay Sizzla Kalonji is well overdue another retrospective.

Released: 23rd June 2008

The Isley Brothers, 3 + 3 / Go For Your Guns

This 2 on 1 set is genius writ large.

Released: 23rd June 2008

Various Artists, Every Mouth Must Be Fed

A rewarding collection of foundational roots, pitch-perfect in mood for its summer release.

Released: 16th June 2008

Jazzie B, Presents School Days: Life Changing Tracks From The Trojan Archive

The charm of this compilation comes from its rosy glow of musical nostalgia.

Released: 9th June 2008

Al Green, Lay it Down

On this showing Al Green will still be knocking 'em dead both in the chapel and the concert halls for a long time to come yet.

Released: 26th May 2008

Ponto De Equilibrio , Abre La Janela

Abre a Janela is a good inroad to reggae from the less conservative end of the 'world' music scene.

Released: 19th May 2008

James Hunter, The Hard Way

More blues, maybe? More twanging rock'n'roll, perchance?

Released: 5th May 2008

Jamie Lidell, Jim

If you've had enough of the girls crowding the field, and you need a feel-good piece of plastic to either shake your booty to or romance your significant other, Jim's got it all.

Released: 28th April 2008

Michael McDonald, Soul Speak

On this evidence his voice still has more than enough authority to carry it off.

Released: 31st March 2008

Duffy, Rockferry

After three years of musical growth, Duffy has found her voice - now it’s time to enrich it by living.

Released: 3rd March 2008

Ashford & Simpson, The Warner Bros. Years: Hits, Remixes & Rarities

For rare groove aficionados it doesn’t get any better than this...

Released: 3rd March 2008

David Migden And The Dirty Words, Second Hand Tattoo

Listen to this now. See him when you can.

Released: 3rd March 2008

Erykah Badu, New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War)

Badu is back and still balancing the retro/progressive contradiction better than anyone.

Released: 3rd March 2008

BB King, Live At The BBC

Neither ropey nor exceptional, this collection inhabits the sturdy middle ground between these extremes.

Released: 25th February 2008

Joe Higgs, Life Of Contradiction

A work of astonishing depths and bruised, aching humanity.

Released: 18th February 2008

Christine Perfect, The Complete Blue Horizons Sessions

Although hardly essential, a very welcome listen.

Released: 18th February 2008

Triston Palma, Joker Smoker

A perfect example of what was, in reality, a high point in reggae's golden age.

Released: 11th February 2008

Bushman, Get It In Your Mind

Get It In Your Mind is Bushman's strongest album for a while.

Released: 11th February 2008

Various Artists, Greensleeves Spring Sampler

With tunes this good, it's a welcome re-addition to Greensleeves' regular release roster.

Released: 11th February 2008

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