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Music Review ♫ Singer Lourdes Baron Revitalizes Al Greens’ ‘Let’s Stay Together’

By Carla B.

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Lourdes Duque Baron Mixes Assertiveness With Vulnerability On Her New Record

Lourdes D. Baron ~ "Lets Stay Together" - Label: Timeless Entertainment, Inc

 EOTM ♪♪♬ Critic Score: 91 (out of 100)

Lourdes D. Baron knows there are two ways people think about her.  For some, she epitomizes all that has gone right…. in the world of a pop star, and for others there is a savory light in the eye of an entrepreneur, humanitarian, author, wife, mother. A woman partaking in her own ideas with the hopes of changing the world! These differing Lourdes Barons’ are all actually one in the same, and if you pay close attention you would notice they tend to show up in the same place at the same time. It’s that double whammy, a unique sometimes uncanny ubiquity many wish they could embody. Lourdes does this effortlessly.


Baron’s music career spans four albums to date, the most recent “Let’s Stay Together,” which made its debut, in the fall of 2016. On his new album, the singer-songwriter turns Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” into a formative funktastic 21st century soul session.

“I recorded vocals with my eyes closed. I wanted to envision Al Green NEXT to me … Coaching me,” Baron shared in a recent interview.

Sounding like nothing else out there, distinct even from Al Green, Barons take on Let’s Stay Together  is matchless, sexy without being over bearing and next level out while being street corner down. A superb swansong.

Lourdes delivers obstinately, with wit and indubious charm while belting words we remember, “Why people break up, to turn around and make up, I just can’t see, you NEVER do that to me — You better NOT do — staying around you is all I can see – All these eyes will ever see….” As she withdraws purring with ‘Lets Stay Together,’ – Okay…??

A heart achingly true ole school type hard core love song from way back. The artiste continues unabated, recalling a season of good and bad …in such a way….dare I say, Al Green and crooners of his countenance, could not possibly duplicate….unless – well, they happen to live a well balanced life. It’s in the tone, not necessarily the words which almost always have dual meaning. A well constructed arrangement of harmonious vibrations, confabulating it’s own type of amour. The acclaimed singer truly dug deep into her emotions and talents for this one, doing so with boldness and grace (with eyes closed, as she says) helping accent a reoccurring message of perseverance, love and forgiveness.

Barons voice is like a candle of hope  in a world that could use a little more light. The Diva and her musical team have an astounding knack for melody and retro-influenced instrumentation all under 4 minutes. “Let’s Stay Together” brings the jangle and hook to the forefront.

No filler – all killer here. NO excuses – get it now!

Available on Amazon vinyl and other digital platforms. Produced by Grammy nominee, Haguy Mizrahi of Gemini Musiq ~ Label: Timeless Entertainment, Inc.

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The amount of great music I missed last year is staggering, and its been sensory overload with lists from my fellow bloggers. A big thank you goes out to my fellow active music critics in the conscious music community for keeping me up to date with all the good stuff. Notably, the albums, singles that appear on our sites are the gems you should hear first. Enjoy & Share!

SEE ALSO: In The Beginning — There was Conscious Rap

 

Lourdes Baron helps us to Fall in Love with Jazz, again — EOTM Music Reviews

By Carla B.

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” It pulled me like a magnet, Jazz did, because it was a way that I could express myself.” — Herbie Hancock

Lourdes Duque Baron: All That Jazz

First Listen: Lourdes D Baron, ‘Sinatra’

“The night is young, and it feels like, New York, New York,” Lourdes D Baron croons, “I just want to hear some Sinatra, Some Sinatra,” and she’s got a point. “The Feeling Good At Any Age,” Los Angeles Music Awards winning singer is instantly identifiable. To put it pointedly, there is none other like her. This is a fact. That very first time, this is how you will know…remember. How you will recognize. Whether she’s singing from the bottom or the top of her heart… where the sounds soars way up into the recesses of the nights sky or the morning dew…. you can bet your bottom dollar it reaches those that resonate with the distinct sounds of jazz, yes jazz, the sound of love, of music, that thing that makes the world go round. Yes Sir! There is nothing better. Than LOVE.

Lourdes D Baron - Sinatra

Three years into her career, she’s let the volume dip a bit, but moments of vein-bulging intensity remain.  “As we look at the skyline and I say, man that’s life,” the ole 20′s twang surrounds the deep distinctive yowl with an assortment of new age melodies. At times, the arrangements are downright jarring, as when her deep throaty vocals let fly with some seriously old-fashioned interjections — the repetition of “I just want to hear some Sinatra, some Sinatra. I don’t care where we go.” Or the echoes of “You can fly me to the moon” and “You are such a delight and I like the way you look tonight,” resonance moving amiably along until it builds to one of Baron’s best rafter-rattling bellows. “I just want five minutes more but make it last forever. No Elvis tonight, no now, no never.” A sense of ramshackle playfulness buoys “Sinatra”, as if Baron had made a decision upfront to leave no genre or jazz-music era off-limits in the songwriting and recording process. But this is no mere exercise. Baron use nods to the past as a means of placing her voice at the center of something truly unexpected — remarkable. She may use the same voice she’s always had, but her and her collaborators are still coming up with new ways for people to hear it.” Sinatra gets 5 stars from me!!!!!   Cheers, cheers to you Lourdes Baron.  

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E Music Critics: Lourdes Duque Baron Sets The Stage And Dishes ‘Table For Two’

By Carla B.

Via (Los Angeles Public Relations Firm) — They simply don’t make them like Lourdes Duque Baron anymore. That much is clear after listening to her latest single, ‘Table For Two,’ written exclusively for her — by Multi-platinum producer, Andrew Lane.

The ditty has a seductive, mesmerizing appeal emphasizing Baron’s vocal prowess and preternatural charm.

 “And as we dance under the moonlight – and when I look at you – I say man what a sight – And I realize that this life with you is so worth it” she croons – hitting the bulls eye, communicating with her man with an unrivaled directness.

There’s power in those words.

She’s defined her style as being part of whoever she is at any time, not part of who she’s trying to be or supposedly ought to be.

Baron’s formidable charisma and age-defying energy levels are hugely engaging as usual.  Bringing to a close the conversation with her lover… where she began. Still silky, still sultry…smoky, incomparable, indefatigable.

Mrs. Baron is aiming somewhere even higher than her predecessors, a mode of timelessness that few singers — aside from, say, Adele, who has a vocal gift that demands such an approach — even bother aspiring to. Everyone else striving to sound like now will have to shift gears once the now sound changes. But not Mrs. Baron, the ‘My Spring in Paris’ songbird is winning a new war, one she’d gladly admit to fighting.

Her work may not be familiar to the rock ‘n’ roll or hip hop generations, but if you are of a certain age or inclination, Table For Two will resonate.

 MTV.com (is a nice place to explore her music. In fact, it’s just about perfect.

Download My Spring in Paris FREE until October 31st on Itunes.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/my-spring-in-paris-single/id922578912

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Artists You Definitely Need To Be Listening To In 2015 – George The Poet

By Tawanda Cawthon

You’d be a fool to not listen to them.

 

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George The Poet

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George the Poet is the hottest name in spoken word. A third-year student at King’s College, Cambridge, and a rapper who has spent the last few years trying to “give up” rap.

During his studies, Mpanga won a social enterprise competition organized by Barclays and Channel 4 called The Stake, which asked entrants how they would spend $100,000. He used his prize to fund The Jubilee Line, a series of secondary school poetry workshops for underprivileged children in London.In May 2012, he premiered the piece “My City”, about his hometown London.Subsequently, BBC Radio 1 selected him as the face of their Hackney Weekend (in June 2012)and Sky Sports F1 commissioned him to write poems for their coverage of the 2012 Formula One season and the 2013 Monaco Grand Prix.He signed to the record label Island Records in August 2013.

Read more via Wikipedia.

He was born and raised on the Stonebridge Park estate in Harlesden, north-west London. His parents arrived from Uganda in the late 80s: after his elder brother had trouble at a local school, his mother studied the league tables and “made me apply for the one at the top” (Queen Elizabeth’s School in Barnet, a boys’ grammar recently credited with the highest A-level results in the country). The school’s disciplinary code, Mpanga suggests, offered him an alternative to the estate’s internal laws, raising questions about independent thinking that still form the foundations of his work. He started performing rap and grime at 15 but when he got to Cambridge (where he’s studying politics, psychology and sociology) he decided to “pass it off as poetry. I knew it would get lost in translation otherwise.”

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“Rap puts too much weight on entertainment, he argues, where poetry provokes thought. At eight he loved Eminem (“he was showing me his twisted heart”) and Nas (“he taught me new ideas about community”), then moved on to Wiley, Ghetts, Skepta, Griminal and Dot Rotten. Other mainstream rappers left him cold. “Someone like 50 Cent, it took me years to appreciate,” he says. “It was all about drugs and money and it didn’t stimulate me, but then when I thought about his upbringing I realised that no matter how rich or successful he gets that upbringing will always inform what he says. By the time we were 14, my friends were starting to behave like the rappers they were listening to, carrying drugs for older kids and getting paid for it, and it wasn’t through lack of choice. Your mind flicks back to rap and it’s all familiar, in a good way. I couldn’t ignore that – I knew it was partially down to rap”.

Read more via The Guardian.

Genre: Spoken word, hip hop
The song you should listen to: 1,2,1,2

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E Music Critic: 20 Artists To Start Listening To In 2015

By Tawanda Cawthon

 

Indie Pop Group Alvvays Makes List Of Top 20 Artists You Need To Know In 2015

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As the year speeds to a close, let’s take a minute and look back on the new artists who made their mark. They made us cry, they made us dance, they made us laugh? They provided a soundtrack for the memories we made all the year through. We can’t wait to see what they come up with in the future, and what other exciting acts 2015 will bring.

Alvvays, a indie pop group from Toronto, Canada, has that semi-sour 90′s grunge vibe that really gets our blood pumping. Glad that they made their way onto the airwaves of the good ol’ USA.

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