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My Top Ten Albums for Chris Brooks

December 28, '05 Comments [8] Posted in Movies | Africa
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Here's my list of great songs and albums, for me, for the last five years, so that Chris might expand his collection. Yes, this is not a technical post, so feel free to delete and move along. Nothing to see here.

  •  - A wonderful rollup of a complex man's complex career, made even more accessible by its inclusion of a number of other geniuses.
  •  - The beauty and soul behind , this album is a fusion of R&B, Middle Eastern and African beats.
  • - The King of Rai's "Aicha" is an internationally known anthem. Singing in Arabic and French, Rai is pop, reggae and funk.
  •  - Soft soul from the UK with a focus on spoken world and ballads. "Say Yes" is already a classic.
  •  - A lot of babies were made while listening to , and a whole lot were made while listening to Maxwell.
  •  - An unlikely title from a man hailing from Senegal, Youssou is the African continent's Paul Simon, pulling in beats from the whole hemisphere.
  • - Undeniably versatile, singer, poet, rapper. Also check out her Unplugged album. The title of this CD is a play on the title of  which in itself is must read if you're interested in African-American history and the American educational system.
  •  - Very much a child of Donny Hathaway and Stevie Wonder, John Legend's album is pure gold, with every track in its place. He's one side of a single coin with Alicia Keys on the reverse.
  •  - True, lyrically driven Hip-hop at it's best. Mos Def is a much a contemporary lecturer as he is an artist. Also check out the Roots, or KRS One's classic .
  •  - A quintessential American Broadway show, while written with the late eighties beatnik village culture in mind, it's message still rings true today.
  •  - The king of preppy rap, Kanye shows other rappers that lyrics drive rap even while he uses clever hooks to sell his message.
  •  - She writes her own music, plays her own piano and sings. Not hard to look at either. So, why do we need models?
  • Neosoul Sampler
    •  - Feel good, light on first glance but desceptively deep, self-esteem music.
    •  - Funk meets soul in this afro-powered fusion between spoken word and soul.
    •  and  - tragically hip and retro ballads harkening back to the best Motown-era ballads.
       - Poet turned singer has some serious pipe.
    •  - D'Angelo's baby mama is a bit more thematically dark than Jill Scott. The Duet with Snoop is brilliant.
    •  - Progressive neo-soul rooted in the decade of my birth, brought forwarded into the 90's. Still a classic today.

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河北快3Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.


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Friday, 30 December 2005 20:09:47 UTC
Hey Scott,
Here are a few suggestions to tickle your neo soul fancy:
Javier (album: Javier) neo soul with heavy spanish guitar influence
Heather Headley (album: This Is Who I Am) she is just totally kick ass. Tracks to download: Sista Girl and He Is
Donnie (album: Colored Section) My fav track on this album is "Welcome to the Colored Section"
Les Nubians (album: One Step Forward) two soul singers singing in French - what's not to like?
Erykah Badu's new album Mama's Gun is my new favorite Badu album. Jill Scott's Beautiful Sounds album is worth about a million listens. Mos Def's new album The New Danger is just as good as Black on Both Sides.
By the way, I saw John Legend at the Roseland in September - he is incredible live.
Kathy
Friday, 30 December 2005 22:00:36 UTC
What? And open myself up to ridicule and scorn? ;-) I have to say I'm proud to have successfully trolled with a one-word post.

JK, my own tastes are:
Miles Davis
Medeski Martin & Wood
bluegrass (Dillards, Bill Monroe, Old & In the Way, Doc Watson)
some (c)rap (Beastie Boys, eg.)
Charlie Hunter
Coldplay
Dave Matthews (earlier stuff)
Galactic
Phish
Allman Bros.
Govt Mule
Robert Walter's 20th Congress

(shields up)

BTW - *really* looking forward to the podcast.
Dave Purrington
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