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Archive for March, 2009

Estelle and Solange In Atlanta

Though it has only been a little over a month since she last appeared on stage in Atlanta – as an opening act at John Legend’s sold-out Fox Theatre show – Estelle returned Thursday night to draw a near capacity crowd herself.

She’s a force. Though her band wasn’t quite as remarkable as opening act Solange’s (who we’ll get to in a second), she has personality (demonstrated in her between-song banter), pipes and a fun pop number in “American Boy,” featuring Kanye West.

And unlike many of her young stateside peers, this British soul singer has a comfort on stage that belies her mere one album (“Shine”) in stores.

Opening act Solange, on the other hand, has two in the bins – and little of that same ease in front of the audience.

No one expects her to be big sister Beyonce. Her occasionally goofy wiggling/dancing? renders that assumption moot. Plus she comes from a more soulful, retro direction musicwise.

But the most interesting things during her set – other than …

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First Listen: The-Dream’s “Love vs. Money”

 Atlanta R&B singer-producer The-Dream can’t seem to craft a song without inserting a “Hey!”, “Eh-eh” or “Radio killa” in it.

 And the amazing thing is, as redundant as that is, as redundant as he is — topicwise, boring he absolutely is not.

 That was evident two years ago when he and fellow Atlantan Christopher “Tricky” Stewart made Rihanna’s inescapable No. 1 hit “Umbrella.” Then Terius “The-Dream” Nash stepped from behind the production board and released his gold-selling 2007 solo debut “Love Hate.”

 Now he’s back with a whole album basically about wooing women and what he wants to do with them— spilling over with those “Heys” and “Eh-ehs” — that, still, may be the best R&B disc to come out this year.

 That may be because “Love vs. Money” is reminiscent of one of the best (and similarly sex-minded) R&B discs of 1993, R. Kelly’s “12 Play.” (And he almost acknowledges as much on track No. 13, “Kelly’s 12 …

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