The Star (St. Lucia) - Life Begins 2 Nite - - CONTENTS - With Toni Ni­cholas

Last year we were promised by a num­ber of ar tistes who had been hi­ber­nat­ing God knows where to ex­pect big things from them in 2014. Well we are now in De­cem­ber and the end of 2014 is almost here. Some have lived up to the hype and ex­pec­ta­tions and oth­ers; well they are still keep­ing things on ice. Among those who promised to bring us new mu­sic in 2014, after a long ab­sence-Janet Jack­son, Boy George and Cul­ture Club, Du­ran Du­ran, No Doubt, George Michael, Natalie Im­bruglia and even the Jamaican born ac­tress, model and singer Grace Jones. Ah well, to all I say bet­ter luck next year and hope you come out blaz­ing. At least some did keep their prom­ise and gave us some good come back mu­sic that we have been long­ing for. Here are my top 5 come back acts of 2014.

5. Prince

He promised to re­turn with new mu­sic in 2014 and he did just that with not one but two new al­bums. Prince resur­faced in Septem­ber of 2014 with “Ar t Of­fi­cial Age,” a solo al­bum, and “PlectrumElectrum,” which is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with his all-fe­male back­ing group, 3rd Eye Girl.

4. Count­ing Crows

The wait was fi­nally over when in July Count­ing Crows dropped the sin­gle “Palisades Park.” With the re­lease of the al­bum “Some­where Un­der Won­der­land” the Crows were back to ce­ment their po­si­tion as one of Amer­ica’s great pop/rock bands. This is their sev­enth stu­dio al­bum and their first set of orig­i­nal mu­sic since 2008.

3. Outkast

Well we are ac­tu­ally still wait­ing for “new” mu­sic from Outkast but they kept fans sat­is­fied in 2014 by re­unit­ing to tour this sum­mer. The Hip Hop duo fea­tur­ing Big Boi and An­dre 3000 has pro­duced a unique style of mu­sic com­bin­ing G-Funk, soul, rock, elec­tronic mu­sic, jazz and blues to cre­ate their sound. Their ap­pear­ance at Coachella this year had fans ex­cited about new ma­te­rial, but this may not hap­pen un­til 2015.

2. Fergie

The long awaited new solo track and lead sin­gle off Fergie’s highly an­tic­i­pated sec­ond solo al­bum dropped in Septem­ber. Ear­lier this year, the Black Eyed Peas singer ad­mit­ted to work­ing on ma­te­rial for a new al­bum and has re­leased the first sin­gle "L.A. Love (La La).

1. Jodeci

I can’t re­mem­ber what was the first record I bought, but I can clearly re­call that the first CD I ever bought was Jodeci’s “For­ever My Lady” back in 1991. See­ing them per­form “live” at the Soul Train Mu­sic Awards after an 18-year hia­tus warmed my hear t, even though the boys from Nor th Carolina ap­peared a lit­tle rusty and K-Ci some­what sub­dued. Still it was good to see and hear them per­form their new sin­gle, "No­body Wins" fea­tur­ing B.o.B. If this is a taste of what’s to come, I can’t wait to pick up the new al­bum.

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