Sunday, 13 January 2013

NEW MUSIC REVIEW: Sizzling new cuts from Natel + John Legend + Destiny’s Child

Destiny’s Child 

For their first new track since 2004, Destiny’s Child has released this 90’s-vibe R&B cut produced by Pharell Williams, steeped in tight harmonies and that heart-tugging love jones. It’s a soothing midtempo jam that recalls much of the supergroup’s last album, Destiny Fulfilled, even as it offers a tantalizing taste of what folks can expect from their forthcoming new album, Love Songs. Above all, though, fans are simply excited about the long-awaited reunion of DC3’s Kelly Rowland, Michelle Williams and Beyoncé Knowles-Carter who will make their official mainstage comeback at next month’s Super Bowl Half-Time Show. B+ 

Natel’s “Can’t Be”

On this lead-off single from his on-the-way EP, the reggae-soul crooner takes an ambivalent lover to task over the status of their relationship: lovers or friends? It’s an honest, straight-from-the-heart petition that rides a groovy beat while exuding no shortage of yearning and passionate vocals. Slightly reminiscent of the Trey Songz smash “Can’t Be Friends,” the song displays remarkable emotional depth and solid writing, proving that Natel is indeed poised for greater artistic heights. B+ 

John Legend 
“Who Did That To You?” 

Quentin Tarantino’s new spaghetti Western Django Unchained is a vicious slavery-and-vengeance mash-up, so it comes as no surprise really that for his contribution to the film’s pulsating soundtrack, Grammy winner John Legend has offered up this tuneful hit about exacting some serious vigilante justice on the behalf of an aggrieved loved one. Worth repeated spins, it’s one of the album’s immediate standouts. A-

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