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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 that quirky …

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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 Play.”)

 Again, the whole disc is one or two cohesive thoughts sung …

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