I used to write throwback reviews of album before and I want to get back to what I used to. This time I am paying tribute to two albums. First, an album that was released just four years ago, and the other one was from 17 years ago. That was quite long but it has been one of the best hip-hop releases during 1990s.
Gavin Degraw- Sweeter
Four years ago when I bumped to this album from Gavin Degraw. The reason why I began to listen to it was because of the top 20 hit “Not Over You”. I love the song for its honesty and of course, its melody. But when I listened to the entire album, I found more jewels in it. There are lots of great songs in the album that many haven’t heard. The album consisted of pop/rock tunes and blue eyed soul. Gavin’s voice is excellent and I do think he is one of the most talented musicians. It’s just that he’s too underrated and I do believe he deserves more success.
I haven’t purchased the album, but I listened to it somewhere. When I subscribed to Spotify, it’s one of the albums that I downloaded and has been listening to it from time to time.
Some of the notable tracks were: “You Know Where I’m At” (a beautiful ballad that reaches the soul); “Soldier” (every time I hear this song, it makes me want to reminisce); “Not Over You”(the song that took me to this album, though you can hear the Ryan Tedder formula with the record); and “Spell it Out” (sometimes it is good to end an album with ballad if it sounds like this one).
Rating: 8.75 out of 9
Lauryn Hill- The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
It was 17 years ago when this hip-hop record came out and became one of the best selling albums during that time. This album from Lauryn Hill was her first record after The Fugees, her group who previously (then) scored a very successful album “The Score”.
It was nice to herean album without explicit themes. The album which talked about her personal life, relationships, the society and spiritual made it an exceptional album. It is gem in hip-hop music with its classic sound.
Notable tracks: “Doo Wop (That Thing)” (a fusion of upbeat hip-hop and doo wop with infectious horn instruments); “To Zion” (a very nice collaboration with Carlos Santana as he plays the guitar along with the soulful voice of Lauryn); “Ex-Factor” (a ballad which showcased the power and soul of her vocals); and “Nothing Even Matters” (her voice and D’Angelo’s were perfect combination).
Rating: 9 out of 10