Sammie – From The Bottom To The Top

The Bottom
2.5
I Like It
3.5
Can’t Let Go feat. Lloyd
1.5
Crazy Things I Do
3.5
Stuff Like This
3.5
When I Grow Up
1.5
Hero
3.5
Catching Feelings
2.5
Count
2.5
If I Can
3.5
Fell for Her
2.5
Friend Like You
2.5
Do It for You
3.5
I Like It (Remix)
2.5

thoughts. B.
I can remember it like it was yesterday when Sammie dropped I Like It followed by Crazy Things I Do. I was 10 and me and my friends use to love singing these songs during PE or when we were practicing. I’ve actually never listened to the album, the only other song off this album I heard prior to this listen for this review is Hero. From The Bottom To The Top is Sammie’s debut album and it’s surprisingly not bad at all; I actually like it more than Lloyd’s debut. I don’t know what I expected but I do know that I wasn’t really feeling this album at the start (aside from the singles), that was until I got to the track Stuff Like This and the dynamic shifted. Sammie was really young when this album dropped, like 12 or 13 and his voice reflected that however he showed some real vocal finesse with the tunes: Stuff Like This, Hero, If I Can and Do It For You. I was really impressed. I kinda expected his voice to be kid-ish throughout, so I was relieved that that wasn’t the case. The tracks I gave a fair rating to were decent in an of itself, but sounded more like filler to me, not bad filler, but still somewhat forgettable. I would definitely buy this, which is crazy because I honestly thought I wasn’t going to like his debut.

  • favorite track – Crazy Things I Do
    least favorite track – Can’t Let Go feat. Lloyd
    guilty pleasure track – I Like It
    under-rated track – Stuff Like This

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Aaliyah – Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number

Intro
2.5
Throw Your Hands Up
1.5
Back & Forth
3.5
Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number
3.5
Down with the Clique
2.5
At Your Best (You Are Love)
3.5
No One Knows How to Love Me Quite Like You Do
2.5
I’m So into You
2.5
Street Thing
2.5
Young Nation
2.5
Old School
2.5
I’m Down
2.5
The Thing I Like
2.5
Back & Forth (Mr. Lee & R. Kelly’s Remix)
2.5

thoughts. C.
I didn’t really think it was possible, but there is an Aaliyah album I do not like in it just so happens to be her debut album: Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number. I am literally flabbergasted at how much I disliked this album, almost to the point that I don’t even want to listen to it in it’s entirety again. Aaliyah was my favorite 90’s solo singer. I just loved her style and her humble demeanor. Devastated wasn’t even the word when she died, I literally cried the whole day after I found out. She died way too soon. Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number is just a mess to me. Aaliyah’s voice is pleasant enough but it doesn’t stand out, the only track that really stood out to me was At Your Best (You Are Love) and that isn’t even an original song from her! The single releases were OK; aside from Down With The Clique and That Thing I Like (in which neither I cared for). The rest were just there. I honestly went into this with an open mind an thought I would enjoy it, but I found myself disinterested, bored and just flat out confused. It’s just not her, it seemed like she was being what R Kelly wanted her to be and it just made for an all around awkward listen. As I said, Aaliyah’s voice is very pleasant but it’s wasted on this type of watered down, poser-esque rnb music. Thank goodness for One In A Million. I wouldn’t buy this, even as a hard-core Aaliyah fan, but that’s just me.

  • favorite track – At Your Best (You Are Love)
    least favorite track – Throw Your Hands Up
    guilty pleasure track – Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number
    under-rated track – Back & Forth

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Mario – Mario

Just A Friend 2002
3.5
C’Mon
2.5
Braid My Hair
3.5
2 Train
2.5
What Your Name Is
4.5
Holla Back
2.5
Could You Be
3.5
Put Me On
2.5
Chick wit da Braids
3.5
Never
3.5
Girl in the Picture
3.5

thoughts. A.
I literally almost forgot how much I loved Mario back in the day and listening to this surprisingly really good debut album from him, I am reminded of how terribly under-rated he is as an artist. I remember loving his debut album Mario to death back when it dropped, but it’s been awhile and I was like 12 or 13 when this album came out so I actually forgot all the damn jams he had on this album. I was listening to the album for this review and with each track I was like, ‘I remember this song!’ and a couple I forgot he even sung like What Your Name Is and Could You Be. The song on this album I use to wear out was Chick wit da Braids, it’s so High School I can’t stand it, but in such a good way. Other songs worth noting is of course the catchy bop Just A Friend 2002, Braid My Hair, Never and Girl In The Picture. Mario’s album only tracks weren’t bad at all, aside from the ones that I already named: C’Mon, 2 Train, Holla Back and Put Me On are OK they just didn’t pop as hard as the others. All in all this is a really good debut, and Mario’s vocals hit.

  • favorite track – What Your Name Is
    least favorite track – Holla Back
    guilty pleasure track – Chick wit da Braids
    under-rated track – Could You Be

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Mya – Mya

What Cha Say?
2.5
Movin’ On
2.5
Baby It’s Yours
3.5
Keep On Lovin’ Me
2.5
It’s All About Me feat. Sisqo
3.5
If You Died I Wouldn’t Cry Cause You Never Loved Me Anyway
3.5
We’re Gonna Make Ya Dance
2.5
If You Were Mine
3.5
Bye Bye feat. Missy Elliot
1.5
Anytime You Want Me
2.5
Don’t Be Afraid
3.5
My First Night with You
3.5
Movin’ On (Remix) feat. Silk the Shocker
3.5

thoughts. B.
I was never a huge Mya fan, mostly around the time when she was really popular in the late 90’s. I was an Aaliyah fan and in my opinion Mya couldn’t hold a candle to her, plus her face annoyed me for some reason. I didn’t start liking her until her Fear of Flying album came out. Mya is her debut and it’s OK, not a bad OK just a really decent one. I don’t know what I was expecting, but I kinda went into this listen thinking it was going to be a mediocre album at best. I did like her single releases especially My First Night With You. It’s All About Me is all right; they played it out when it first dropped. As far as Movin’ On goes, the remix with Silk The Shocker (use to have a crush on him) is a lot better than the original which oddly bored me. I’d have to say that where this album shines is with the album only tracks, which is kinda rare (especially on the American album side). The stand out being Baby It’s Yours, I put it on repeat I liked it so much. I also enjoyed If You Died I Wouldn’t Cry Cause You Never Loved Me Anyway (wow), If You Were Mine and Don’t Be Afraid. The rest were decent, except for Bye Bye feat. Missy Elliot, that track can go straight in the garbage. Mya has a pleasant enough voice, it’s never wowed me, but it suits her. A nice debut, but my favorite album from her as of now is Fear of Flying.

  • favorite track – My First Night With You
    least favorite track – Bye Bye feat. Missy Elliot
    guilty pleasure track – If You Died I Wouldn’t Cry Cause You Never Loved Me Anyway
    under-rated track – Baby It’s Yours

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Christina Aguilera – Christina Aguilera

Genie In A Bottle
3.5
What A Girl Wants
3.5
I Turn To You
3.5
So Emotional
2.5
Come On Over (All I Want Is You)
3.5
Reflection
3.5
Love For All Seasons
4.5
Somebody’s Somebody
2.5
When You Put Your Hands on Me
1.5
Blessed
4.5
Love Will Find A Way
3.5
Obvious
3.5

thoughts. A.
Christina Aguilera’s debut self-titled album Christina Aguilera reminds me a lot of Britney’s debut as where it has mostly all of my favorite jams by her and mostly all of of the songs by her that I loved are on her first album. Damn near every track on this album is a banger. I remember singing I Turn To You with my god-sister all the time back when it first came out. Genie In A Bottle, What A Girl Wants and Come On Over (All I Want Is You) give me life. Christina’s version of Reflection is really nice to; the album only tracks: Love For All Seasons, Blessed and Obvious are in my top 10 favorite Aguilera songs and are super under-rated. What’s crazy though is that just like with Britney she put all her singles toward the first half of the album, yet what saves this is the fact that the latter half of the album is just as good. The only track I believe I didn’t really like was When You Put Your Hands On Me, I thought it was a really obnoxious, misplaced and odd track. The other album only tracks on the other hand were really good: Love Will Find A Way standing out because I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. So, backtracking this does remind me of Britney’s debut just sung better and with better album only tracks. I hope her follow up albums are just as good (I won’t be reviewing her Spanish album).

  • favorite track – I Turn To You
    least favorite track – When You Put Your Hands On Me
    guilty pleasure track – Genie In A Bottle
    under-rated track – Love For All Seasons/Blessed/Obvious

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Britney Spears – … Baby One More Time

… Baby One More Time
3.5
(You Drive Me) Crazy
3.5
Sometimes
3.5
Soda Pop feat. Mikey Bassie
2.5
Born to Make You Happy
3.5
From the Bottom of My Broken Heart
3.5
I Will Be There
3.5
I Will Still Love You duet w Don Philip
2.5
Thinkin’ About You
2.5
E-Mail My Heart
2.5
The Beat Goes On
2.5

thoughts. B.
I’m actually surprised (an I’m not sure why), that I like this album as much as I do. Debuts rarely ever do anything for me and I thought I would come out of Britney’s debut feeling like I’d only like the singles and nothing else. Britney’s Spears’ debut album aptly called … Baby One More Time after the smash hit single of the same name is a pretty decent album. All her singles banged literally; half I either didn’t know were singles or didn’t know were on this album. Such as: Born To Make You Happy and From The Bottom of my Broken Heart. I will admit though that the singles do save this album from being pretty bland and or mediocre. I say that because even though I liked a couple of the album only tracks: I Will Be There being the stand out one of the bunch, they’re incredibly forgettable or tired a la I Will Still Love You and E-Mail My Heart. I also thought her cover of The Beat Goes On was boring. The singles are where the album shines in she has them for some reason lumped at the front of the album. I’ve never really liked that sort of track-listing, because you get hit after hit, then suddenly your listening to a track that just throws everything off and it really brings the quality of the album down. Even so, I use to love (You Drive Me) Crazy, remember watching the Making of it on MTV back in the day. The stand out to me and quite possibly my favorite Britney Spears song of all time is Sometimes (I was sad to hear she doesn’t really like it). That’s like a top ten karaoke track for me. All in all I enjoyed Britney’s debut, I do wish the track-listing had been better or the album only tracks had a bit more kick. It’s her best selling album though… and I’m not mad at that fact.

  • favorite song – Sometimes
    least favorite track – I Will Still Love You duet w Don Philip
    guilty pleasure track – (You Drive Me) Crazy
    under-rated track – I Will Be There

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August Alsina – Testimony

Testify
3.5
Make It Home feat. Jeezy
2.5
Right There
3.5
You Deserve
3.5
No Love
2.5
Porn Star
2.5
FML feat. Pusha T
2.5
Grind & Pray / Get Ya Money feat. Fabolous
2.5
Ghetto
2.5
Kissin’ on My Tattoos
2.5
Ah Yeah
2.5
Mama
3.5
Benediction feat. Rick Ross
3.5
I Luv This Shit feat. Trinidad James
2.5
Numb feat. B.o.B and Yo Gotti
3.5

thoughts. A.
August Alsina was a singer that was recommended to me. It was crazy because I’d heard a couple of his songs, liked them, but didn’t know who sung them. I’m glad I did decide to give him a listen, because he has a nice voice and puts out some consistently good rnb music. Testimony is his debut and it’s actually pretty good, one of the best I’ve heard. I always come out of debut albums feeling incredibly underwhelmed or feeling as if they could have been better than they were. That is not the case with August Alsina. It’s actually hard for me to pinpoint a track on here that I really disliked as all of them were above average listens. August makes me think of a more palatable Lyfe Jennings. What I think I liked most was the fact that I went into a few of these tracks thinking I wasn’t going to like them and ended up liking them a lot, such as: Testify, Porn Star, FML, Grind & Pray/Get Your Money, Ghetto, Ah Yeah, Benediction and Numb. I was pleasantly surprised with a few of the tracks in I had no clue he sung Numb until this album listen. I thought I would roll my eyes at Mama, but ended up being a little touched by it. The stand out on this album is without a doubt You Deserve, and I actually like the No Love remix more than the original. I think it’s safe the say that this is definitely an album from August I would buy, as the replay value is high an I can listen to it all the way through without skipping a track. That’s a good album in my book.

  • favorite track – You Deserve
    least favorite track – I Luv This Shit feat. Trinidad James
    guilty pleasure track – Porn Star
    under-rated track – Benediction feat. Rick Ross

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Trey Songz – I Gotta Make It

Gotta Make It feat. Twista
3.5
Cheat On You
2.5
Gotta Go
3.5
Ooo
2.5
All The If’s
2.5
Ur Behind
2.5
From A Woman’s Hand
3.5
Kinda Lovin’
3.5
Comin’ For You
2.5
Just Wanna Cut
1.5
In The Middle
2.5
Make Love Tonight
1.5
Hatin’ Love
3.5
Gotta Make It (Remix) feat. Aretha Franklin and Juvenile
1.5

thoughts. B-.
I actually really liked Trey Songz when he first came onto the scene back in 2005. Thought he was so cute with his braids in I loved his Gotta Make It single. He has a good enough voice to for the type of raunchy rnb music he does. I don’t too much care for him nowadays, but he does release some banger singles every now and then. I Gotta Make It is his first album and it is surprisingly a lot better than I thought it would be. I really didn’t think I was going to like it, or thought it would play much like Lloyd’s debut album did. There were very few tracks on here that I didn’t like, such as the Gotta Make It remix, Just Wanna Cut and Make Love Tonight. There were a few tracks that I didn’t expect to like but did such as: From A Woman’s Hand, Kinda Lovin’ and Hatin’ Love. You have your meh tracks of course, like Cheat On You and Ooo, but all in all this was a decent debut.

  • favorite track – Gotta Make It
    least favorite track – Just Wanna Cut
    guilty pleasure track – Ur Behind
    under-rated track – From a Woman’s Hand

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Rihanna – Music of the Sun

Pon de Replay
2.5
Here We Go Again feat. J-Status
3.5
If It’s Lovin’ that You Want
3.5
You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No)
2.5
That La, La, La
2.5
The Last Time
3.5
Willing to Wait
2.5
Music of the Sun
2.5
Let Me
1.5
Rush feat. Kardinal Offishall
1.5
There’s A Thug In My Life
3.5
Now I Know
3.5
Pon de Replay (Remix) feat. Elephant Man
2.5

thoughts. B.
Rihanna’s debut album Music Of The Sun isn’t so much good as it is a bit refreshing I guess. This was back when she really did have that fun and fresh Island girl sound, and I liked her. I remember when I first listened to this album back when it first came out and I dug it, but mostly the two ballads: The Last Time, Now I Know and the oddly endearing There’s A Thug In My Life. I don’t really remember any of the other tracks aside from Pon de Replay obviously. I was pleasantly surprised with Here We Go Again and Music of the Sun. As well as the other tracks I gave a fair rating to which were decent as well with competent vocals from Rihanna. The only tracks on this album I can say I didn’t really care for were Let Me and Rush, those were the only two tracks I thought inclusion was pointless; they stuck out like a sore thumb and were terrible. So, with that being said as far as the whose better between Rihanna and Beyonce… I’ve always been more of a Rihanna fan (and I use fan loosely here). I always like her stuff as were it takes a while for Beyonce’s music to grow on meif it even does. Rihanna’s debut is OK, I’d actually buy it, maybe. It’s a good album to have if you’re a little nostalgic for the good girl Rih before she turned ‘bad’ and overly sexual.

  • favorite track – The Last Time
    least favorite track – Let Me/Rush feat. Kardinal Offishall
    guilty pleasure track – There’s A Thug In My Life
    under-rated track – Now I Know

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Beyonce – Dangerously In Love

Crazy In Love feat. Jay Z
2.5
Naughty Girl
2.5
Baby Boy feat. Sean Paul
3.5
Hip Hop Star feat. Big Boi and Sleepy Brown
1.5
Be with You
2.5
Me, Myself and I
3.5
Yes
3.5
Signs
2.5
Speechless
2.5
That’s How You Like It feat. Jay-Z
3.5
The Closer I Get to You duet with Luther Vandross
2.5
Dangerously in Love 2
3.5
Gift From Virgo
1.5
Daddy
2.5

thoughts. C.
Beyonce is so tired and over-rated I can’t stand it. I’ve never been a fan of her and I’ve never liked her, not even for a second. I do however like a few of her songs, but that is about the extent of it. I’m really just listening and reviewing her albums to see if the Beyhive are justified in their rabid obsession with her. Anyway, Beyonce’s first album as a solo singer is the tepid Dangerously In Love, named after one of the better songs off Destiny’s Child’s third album (I always thought it was her solo song on that album to, because you only hear her). This album sold 11 million copies and I’m just sitting here like, ‘I guess’. I’m not going to say it’s a terrible album, I’m not a hater. It’s just a really boring album. I dug a few of the tracks like: Naughty Girl, Baby Boy, Me, Myself and I, Yes, That’s How You Like It and Dangerously In Love 2. The others were either forgettable, dull or just plain weird. I’ve never cared for Crazy In Love in the rest of the tracks aside from maybe Signs and Speechless, just sounded like filler. Also, I didn’t like how she would just over-do the ad-libs, it just exhausted me and made the tracks feel longer than they were. Beyonce does have a good voice yet on this album she sounded strangely mediocre compared to her later albums and singles. I know this is her debut, but she was singing years before she went solo and her voice didn’t sound half as generic as it did on this. Lastly, the final track Daddy, legit creeped me the fuck outespecially considering their strained relationship nowadays. I was just like, ‘no’. It’s a mixed bag; I feel indifferent toward it as a whole. I’d probably like it more if I were a fan. Here’s to hoping I like her follow-up albums more.

  • favorite track – Dangerously In Love 2
    least favorite track – Hip Hop Star feat. Big Boi and Sleepy Brown
    guilty pleasure track – Naughty Girl
    under-rated track – Yes

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