Saturday, December 13, 2008

Album Review: Musiq - OnMyRadio



Soul crooner Musiq Soulchild returns to the music landscape with his fifth studio album, OnMyRadio. Coming off of his incredible Luvanmusiq album, expectations were very high for the new release. Preceded by the lead single, Radio, Musiq threw hardcore fans for a loop as he shed his signature neo-soul style for a bass heavy Atlanta club sound. The second single from the project features Mary J. Blige on the slow jam duet, If You Leave. Despite a great performance from Musiq, Mary J. really made the track drag and overall wasn't the best fit for the song. Alicia Keys would have been a more ideal match for Musiq vocally. Needless to say, despite a rocky start with singles, I still wanted to see what Musiq would bring to the table on this new project.

Unfortunately, Musiq has traded in his signature mellow sound for a much more uptempo fare that works well on tracks such as Backagain, but struggles on Moneyright. Classic Musiq can be found on the standout joint s Loveofmylife and Sobeautiful. The album as a whole has a cohesive sound but it is clear that something is missing from this record. With the shortest playtime and least amount of tracks out of any of his albums, I am led to think that Musiq may have been rushing to put out a project before year's end rather than truly taking his time to create another well formatted opus. I would say if you are a Musiq fan, you will still want to add this project to your collection, but it may not be at the top of your list in his catalogue of work.

Grade: B
Best Joints: Loveofmylife, Sobeautiful, Someone, Until

-MiKe

mike@theantandmikeshow.com

6 comments:

  1. This album review is really on point Mike! I totally agree... especially with the songs you like.

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  2. Thanks Joi ! - I think this is the first time you have agreed with me/said something nice! I am shocked.

    -MiKe

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  3. I think someone is sneaking and using Joi's name. That was shocking, doesn't even sound like her. Wow

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