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Winehouse More Than a 'Genius Junkie'

Queen of 'retro soul' not just cribbing from the past, says Frere-Jones

(Newser) - It's tempting to chalk up the popularity of singer Amy Winehouse to her headline-grabbing bent for self-destruction, writes Sasha Frere-Jones in the New Yorker. But that would be a mistake. He takes a closer look at Back to Black, with its "perfect" single "Rehab," and finds much... More »

Blige Airs Growing Pains

8th record a celebration of "hard-won happiness," says Boston Globe

(Newser) - Mary J. Blige has moved on from empowerment to soulful diva on her first disc in two years, the Boston Globe’s Joan Anderman writes. "A celebration of the artist's hard-won happiness," Growing Pains won Anderman over by "revealing her weaknesses." Blige still urges listeners to... More »

Sparks Best at Being Sweet

'Idol' does teen tunes well, soulful grownup not so much

(Newser) - American Idol season-six winner Jordin Sparks does a sweet job with a hip-hop flavored R&B debut album thanks to a roster of heavy-hitting producers who backed Beyonce and Rihanna among others, writes Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone. She does Prince funk with "Shy Boy," giving her that... More »

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