Lou Reed Lou Reed – Luke Haines – This is the guy behind Black Box Recorder and it is sizzled and smart blues smoothie tribute song which seems to really not have that much to do with Lou but who can complain? – B+
At over an hour, this is too long, and it pays the price by wearing out its welcome long before you reach the finishing end. But that not withstanding, what works, and most of it does, is world class Mariah Carey from the stunning “Cry.” -a full own ballad, that opens the set, through Nas, Wale, Miguel, Mary J Blige, and R. Kelly duets, it is a tour de force of Mariah type songs
This is Sam Smith’s week, we only live in it. Undoubtedly, In The Lonely Hour is the album to beat. If only for the first single, “Stay With Me”, this is a major (first!) release by a great singer. Othersie, I am listening to the new Sharon Von Etten as we speak and like it don’t love it, really liked the Robyn EP, and am looking forward to Christian rocker Crowder, anti-Christs EYEHATEGOOD and Mariah Carey who lives somewhere between the two.