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Review: Lourdes Duque Barons’ ‘To Be Loved’ Is Warm Soul Nostalgia

Published by EOTM News Editor on May 24th, 2018 - in Breaking News
By Carla B.

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The pop crooner brings on Jackie Wilson for a valiant stab at R&B Soul classicism

 

Music is inextricably woven into the spirit of human nature, we can often identify a song with only a few notes, and with these notes, find ourselves taken back in time, swept away by  memory and feelings. Music has the power to take us places through our senses. The music of the 60’s and 70’s offers an excellent example of this kind of experience. Music of this period represents a unique connection between sound and history. Happily, we are again and again drawn to this unique form of music, for both it’s quality and reflection. Music has always been a basic part of human life and can remind us of our own past experiences.

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The truth is that music, even music which appears to be a protest written in order to give voice to some cause, in the end, is interpreted by the individual based on how it affects them personally. What maybe a heart break song to one person, is a haunting and beautiful ballad to another. No matter how a song is interpreted, there is no denying that music of the 60’s provided an unstoppable momentum, a kind of Pied Piper of Hamlin effect, calling on the people to follow. In Love….

Today, songs like To Be Loved continues to work magic in the hearts of listeners looking for music with grit, honesty, and soul. These songs continue to recreate the mood of times past. Simply put, To Be Loved, it’s message, carries on as it was meant to. Reminding us of the times in which it was born.

Music Review: Lourdes Baron – “To Be Loved”

Lourdes Baron

For some it’s hard to imagine a song like “To Be Loved”getting made these days. Even harder for some to imagine that they too….could be, “truly loved.”

“Oh what a feeling to be loved,” Baron croons. As she chases after love in furious pace, expertly.

 To experience this expansive rendition of pop, rock, soul, funk, doo-wop and stoned experimentation, well the sounds belting through the speakers at the moment puts forth a taste of hope in the plethora of love she seemingly, truly believes in.

To Be Loved…

Back in 2014 Lourdes Duque Baron’s arrival on the scene upped the ante and didn’t so much as nudge good feeling music along, as give it an almighty shove, after which rock and soul music would never be the same.

Lourdes’ remake of Jackie Wilsons, To Be Loved feels as if it’s been beamed in from another dimesion. It feels right. It feels good. A dazzling blues exhibition that will rightly cause music lovers to pause.

The psychedelic flummeries added to an already rich recipe makes for a master piece. It rarely detracts from the stand out casual brilliance that is so abundant. This chord, my friends is the note of the future arriving again…. In hopeful, innocent, inspirational, exciting, perplexing sometimes contradictory, for sure – but the future nonetheless.

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  • Listen to this single now on YouTube (see below) : To Be Loved, produced by Gemini Musiq – Haguy Mizrahi

 

   

“Music touches my soul, when I am not singing, dancing or walking bare foot in grass, I am writing articles about the songs I hold dear,” – Carla B.

Lourdes Duque Baron’s “My Spring in Paris” Music Review

By Carla B.

She is woman, she is legend, this is her world and we just live in it: she is Lourdes Baron! The diva nonpareil has released the first single from her 2nd album, and we mere humans have been lucky enough to indulge in it.

Lourdes Duque Baron

If I had to elucidate My Spring in Paris I would compare it to a short story, a best selling novel. Interestingly, when it comes to the music I revel in, I want it to take on serious importance….assuming the stature of the highest literature. That being said, these ears here y’all — have been subjected to a lot of music, and please believe — there are not a lot of performers I can honestly say that can make music feel like literature on record.

Lourdes executes this perfectly.

The breakout crooner sells the hell out of this song and her vocal performance makes this one of the year’s best singles. Lourdes goes at full power and holds steady while lesser entities just kind of melt in the shadows. Her signature swagger is a force in itself.

The single is fantastic, a swirling classic anthem for lovers with a introspective tone showcasing her depth, not to mention a back story. Apparently, this hit was written by multi platinum producer Andrew Lane and artist Maya Tremblay, but never used until now.

In a nutshell, the moments round out and give a satisfying emotional depth to what turns out to be one of Lourdes’s most engaging ballads. Saying the singer is positively influencing music is an understatement. A fact that’s especially remarkable when you consider that the 67-year-old released her first album less than one year ago.

So you must be wondering: is My Spring in Paris worth the wait? I believe so! Ahem.

Check it out now & leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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Album review: Yes ‘Beyonce’ does run the world!

By Carla B.

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Bow down to Queen B.!

 

Just minutes before midnight EST Friday (Dec. 13),pop star Beyoncé released her fifth album, a self-titled set, exclusively on iTunes — with no promotion or prior notice to her fans.

The newVisual Album’ pushes the envelope creatively. Beyoncé is flawless so no one else in the industry has to be, revealing plenty of what’s in that head of hers…or does it…really?? Its songs are steamy and sleek, full of sexy exploits and sultry vocals with a pro-feminist edge. I can definitely dig it!

Photo credit: Sony

In what is being called a ‘game-changing move,’ the album comes complete with seventeen videos already filmed for each track, locked and loaded with 14 tracks and 17 fully-realized music videos,
 at once. Selling over 80,000 copies in the first three hours of its availability. Beyonce is without a doubt one of the hottest female pop stars of this decade.

So, what’s our take? Read more below:

The Visual Album brims with music that feels surprising and unstable, and some of Beyonce’s most unguarded and daring singing – from the gospel overtones of “Heaven” to the relaxed, jazzy flow of “Mine.” The musical setting of her latest work feels fresher and more off-the-cuff than just about anything she’s done. Drake’s long closing rap hijacks “Mine” and turns it into something very long and drawn out. On the frisky reverie, “Drunk in Love,” Jay Z compares his relationship with Beyonce to Ike and Tina Turner’s. Really? So much for female empowerment. The predictable Ryan Tedder production on “XO” builds from jittery keyboards to an audience-appreciation sing-along that sounds like it was designed for an arena encore. “Blue” will please those eager to hear about how deeply Beyonce loves her child, the new mommy’s club anthem. Blue Ivy contributes some high-pitched “mommy’s” to the track — more notches to her resume and she is only two. I am so jealous — j/k.

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The alum boasts collaborations with Frank Ocean, Miguel, Jay Z, to video director Hype Williams, actor Harvey Keitel and more.

“Pretty Hurts,” a soaring critique of the beauty industry that is enhanced through the ‘Put a Ring on it’ singer. Depicting a beauty pageant contestant as not quite beautiful enough in a world that focuses on a woman’s flaws, and drives her into pill-popping self-abuse — it definitely works.

“Ghost/Haunted” suggests a two-part dream with its murky keys and creeping base. Beyonce’s reverbed vocals emerge from this vaporous backdrop with a sarcastic wink: “Sold not for sale/Probably won’t make no money off this, oh well.”

“Blow” opens with Beyonce as a jazz chanteuse in swan mode over sparse piano chords, then shifts into a swinging electro-funk groove. As discursive as “Blow” is insistent, the melody of “No Angel” slinks over a minimalist beat and takes its time introducing a subtle counterpoint bass line, while Beyonce sings at the very top of her range, threatening to crackle. “Underneath the pretty face is something complicated,” she informs her roguish lover. “I come with a side of trouble.”

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“Partition” finds Beyonce rapping over an Eastern rhythm as if paying homage to those that came before her…and it works. Just as steamy is the slow-burning “Rocket,” which acknowledges another obvious influence, D’Angelo. The girl shoal can sing.

Credit: Beyonce/Instagram

Throughout, the singer demands to be treated as an equal in the boardroom and the bedroom, a woman who gets fierce whenever she’s taken for granted (“Jealous”) and positively smolders when feeling the strength of a true union (the marvelous duet with Ocean, “Superpower”).

Best of all is “Flawless” spikes a clattering beat and instructions to “Bow down, bitches; in the video, Beyonce dances to a hard hip-hop rhythm like a flannel-shirted punk-rocker while the soothing voice of Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discourses on the limitations imposed on young women: “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, ‘You can have ambition, but not too much.’” If you are too successful “you threaten the man.” The merger of trap beats, punk defiance and feminist theory may not be destined for the top 10, but boldness like this can’t be measured by chart positions.

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Other Directors featured on the music videos include Detail, Jake Nava, Terry Richardson, Melina Matsoukas, Jonas Åkerlund, Ricky Saiz, Pierre Debusschere, @lilinternet, Francesco Carrozzini, Ed Burke, Bill Kirstein and Todd Tourso. “Grown Woman,” initially previewed via Pepsi’s global spot with Beyonce in April, is featured as a “bonus” video-only cut, directed by Nava.

Out of the possible 5 stars — we give it 3 1/2 stars — making it a winner, in my book.

Here is the full track list.

1. Pretty Hurts
2. Haunted
3. Drunk in Love (feat. Jay Z)
4. Blow
5. No Angel
6. Partition
7. Jealous
8. Rocket
9. Mine (feat. Drake)
10. XO
11. ***Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche)
12. Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean)
13. Heaven
14. Blue (feat. Blue Ivy)


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Music Review: Steven Knight – ‘Never Know’

By Carla B.

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Summary: Steven Knight is the rare artist who admits to listening to his critics, so while I don’t think constructive criticism is any more a necessity for a successful review than explicitly telling readers whether or not a track is worth their hard-earned bucks, I occasionally find myself doing just that when I genuinely like an artist…and sometimes not. [shrugs] Needless to say…the process of offering my well-reasoned opinion which usually involves mostly negative comments, in a friendly manner…might I add…. has been rendered almost speechless. Keep reading…

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If you’re the chivalrous type – the sort of person who cherishes the thought of being in love; picnics in the park, long walks on the beach, soul mates, cross roads, things of that nature – you may just plummet, head over heals in love with Steven Knight’s  latest release, Never Know.

In a world that for years has become increasingly filled with crude, profane and explicit R&B artists who act and sound like wannabe rappers, Knight is still what he started out as: a sensitive, gentlemanly singer who’s not afraid to put his feelings and emotions on display.

Never Know is about crossroads in relationships, turning points — and although it’s a ballet, it’s quite a bit upbeat in style and tone. The “Forever” singer digs deep into the multitude of implications of devotedness, discovering that for just about anybody… love is possible if we allow it.

“Sometimes I wonder if your heart is mine, is true love our future…tell me, are you suppose to be at my side,” he belts.

In “Try Sleeping With a Broken Heart,” she’s crafted an intriguing refrain: “I’m gonna find a way to make it without you . . .,” admitting she’s still searching for a full-fledged sense of security in whatever newfound freedom she’s come into. But then she extends the thought with the kicker word “. . . tonight.” – See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2009/12/album-review-alicia-keys.html#sthash.LOChogQX.dpuf

In Never Know he’s crafted an intriguing refrain: “Baby do you see Forever, will we be together, do you leave my heart cold.” Admitting his vulnerability,  searching for a full-fledged sense of security in amour. But then he extends the thought with the kicker,  “Do I leave you open, burning heartbroken, do we stay or do we go…I guess we’ll never know…”

Is she taking the one-day-at-a-time approach of a 12-step program for romantic addiction? Is it merely the application of an emotional band-aid? Or might she be asserting that the path to true independence always begins right here, right now? It’s never entirely clear, and the ambiguity makes the song that much richer. – See more at: http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/music_blog/2009/12/album-review-alicia-keys.html#sthash.LOChogQX.dpuf

Interestingly, instead of going for more of a pop sound this time out, Knight heads in an even more sophisticated, adult contemporary direction. Steven Knight soars with this release — and after the all-too-human ups and downs he’s experienced through the track, ultimately he comes out of it sounding…well…. pretty darn super.
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Never Know is now available on iTunes — Click here to be redirected.

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