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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

New Release Highlights For November 30: Eric Benet, The Black Eyed Peas, El Debarge, Ron Isley, Chrisette Michele and More

Posted By on Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 10:32 AM

(New albums are typically released on Tuesdays, i.e., today. What can you spend your hard-earned pennies on this week? Find out below.)

click to enlarge Eric Benet's Lost in Time
  • Eric Benet's Lost in Time

*Eric Benet, Lost In Time reviewed Lost in Time, saying "Now, over a decade into his solo career and nearly a decade removed from Hallegate, Mr. Benet's fifth effort, Lost In Time, feels just as well-crafted as its predecessor, giving his faithful following exactly what they expect---lush, love-struck ballads and mid tempos featuring twists of sophistication and sensuality."

*The official video for "Sometimes I Cry" by Eric Benet

click to enlarge Black Eyed Peas' Beginning
  • Black Eyed Peas' Beginning

*Black Eyed Peas, The Beginning The Black Eyed Peas' latest release was listed as one of Oprah's "favorite things." The Washington Post reviewed The Beginning, saying "It's shamelessly, painfully catchy neo-futurist party pop. It grates as often as it entertains, but it does entertain, never missing an opportunity to bludgeon where it might caress."

*El Debarge, Second Chance reviewed Ek Debarge's comeback record, saying "Second Chance, El Debarge's fifth studio album, garners up a strong staff of seasoned and newcomer songwriters/producers with Ron Fair, the Avila Brothers, Mike City, Michael Angelo, Mischke, and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis. And the slate of songs given to him, with DeBarge co-writing much of the playlist, is just as impressive. The Faith Evans-supported 'Lay With You' is layered with a creamy melody, nostalgic '90's contemporary soul and a definite return to the sexy midtempo suites harnessed tightly on the DeBarge catalog. Ne-Yo balladry surrounds 'Feels Like Heaven,' 'Joyful' indulges in Phyllis Hyman harmonics and 'Close to You,' containing DeBarge's signature falsetto swoops and sultry strings, puts the spotlight on dancefloor romance. And then there's the lovely flashback to DeBarge's songcraft on tracks like 'Serenade,' which uses 'I Like It' features."

*The official video for "Lay With You" featuring Faith Evans

click to enlarge Fefe Dobson's Joy
  • Fefe Dobson's Joy

*Fefe Dobson, Joy Listen to some tracks from Joy via Myspace Music.

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