SOUNDNEXX'S FAVORITE SOUL/R&B ALBUMS FOR 2005!
I will admit, I am a true hiphop fiend at heart, but I still need some good soul music to make my life complete! When I just want to chill or even shake a tail-feather, some good soul music is essential! This list was even harder to make then then my favorite hiphop albums of 2005! There was so much good soul music that dropped this year, it was difficult to narrow this list down to only 10! My final decisions really came down to heavy rotation and freshness? These were the albums that I played a lot, and they added some freshness to my music collection. Artists like Stevie Wonder and Mariah Carey came correct this year, and I can honestly say that I wasn't a real fan of their previous albums over the last few years! So, for them to make my list, that's really saying something? Artists like Raheem DeVaughn, Dwele, Darien Brockington, Kindred The Family Soul and The Platinum Pied Pipers put the soul back in the music for me this year! Darien Brockington only dropped an EP this year, but those songs were good enough to make the cut! There are not too many albums where you get nine good songs, so I had to add him to this list as well! Jazzy Jeff put together a real nice collage of great and upcoming soul artists to check for on his compilation as well! I have always been a Mary J. Blige fan from the start, but this new album is one of her most solid releases since the "My Life" album. Havana is unknown to many, which is really a shame! Her debut was one of my real favorites this year! If you didn't know, well now you know! If you are the Omarion, Ray J, or Marques Houston type of music lovers, then these albums may not be for you?? I encourage you to check for these artists, if you haven't already! Support these artists by purchasing their albums, because most of them need it!! Also, leave me your top 10 soul albums list in the comments area below this post, so I can see what you were vibing to in 2005! Again, all opinions and criticizms about this list are welcomed! Click on the album covers for samples from these albums, and more information about the artists!
1) RAHEEM DEVAUGHN - THE LOVE EXPERIENCE
2) DWELE - SOME KINDA...
3) DARIEN BROCKINGTON - THE FEELING EP
4) KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL - IN THIS LIFE TOGETHER
5) JAZZY JEFF - THE SOUL MIXTAPE
6) HAVANA - LIFE
7) PLATINUM PIED PIPERS - TRIPLE P
8) MARY J. BLIGE - THE BREAKTHROUGH
9) STEVIE WONDER - A TIME TO LOVE
10) MARIAH CAREY - THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI (PLATNIUM EDITION)