Friday, 17 May 2013

NEW MUSIC REVIEW: Jah Cure returns to form with 'Stronger'; Kelly Rowland confesses + Musiq and Syleena join forces

Back from a long hiatus, Jah Cure is in seriously impressive form on his telling new single, "Stronger Than Before" (off the new Cardiac Keys Riddim), which he uses to speak to themes of struggle and survival. Feeling rejuvenated and with the creative juices obviously flowing once again, the singer tells fans, "I can give you more now." Naturally, we're holding him to that promise. B+

Kelly Rowland holds nothing back on her confessional new single, "Dirty Laundry," whose title should be ample warning. "Y'all don't know the half of this industry," she croons over a spare beat on the revealing track which addresses everything from career lowpoints, to life with an abusive ex, to living in the shadow of Destiny's Child megastar and sister Beyonce Knowles. In the end, Rowland knowingly concedes, "Love is pain, and pain is love." B

Joining forces for an upcoming duets album, curiously tiled 9ine, R&B-soulsters Musiq Soulchild and Syleena Johnson deliver an irie, feel-good reggae vibe on the CD's lead-off one-drop single, "Feel The Fire," while proving that non-West Indians, too, can channel an authentic spirit into soul sounds fresh from the tropics. B+

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