Simply Red, "Blue Eyed Soul" (BMG)
"Blue Eyed Soul," Simply Red's 12th album, is not innovative, groundbreaking, cutting-edge, topical or extensive. But it's a lot of fun and its title is...
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Director X's "Superfly" transplants the 1972 Blaxploitation classic from Harlem streets to suburban Atlanta mansions, flips Curtis Mayfield's soul score for Future's hip-hop soundtrack and forsakes the original's politically charged grit for shallow music-video indulgence.
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, "Soul of a Woman" (Daptone Records)
Sharon Jones recorded "Soul of a Woman" with the extraordinarily able and reliable Dap-Kings while battling the cancer which took her life a year ago — but her energy and vocal prowess are undiminished here.
Nearly all band members wrote material for the album which offers a snug fit for Jones and continues the group's aesthetic of true soul sounds. The balance tilts slightly toward ballads, especially on the second half.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A convicted felon in North Carolina is facing charges after a search of his home revealed stolen guns.
A statement from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department on Thursday said 20-year-old Curtis Mayfield Robinson is facing five counts of possession of a stolen firearm and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He is in the county jail, and it's not known if he has an attorney.
The Isley Brothers & Santana, "Power of Peace" (Sony Legacy)
Ronald and Ernie Isley team up with Carlos Santana on the vigorous "Power of Peace," putting their stamp on mostly spiritually inclined songs from the likes of Marvin Gaye, Billie Holiday, Bacharach & David and Swamp Dogg.