RHYTHM AND TONES
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.