Is Jazzanova’s Of All Things The Album of the Year?

by Winston "Stone" Ford

It’s not that I don’t like “street” hip-hop, or the pop music that plays on the radio, it’s just that I feel sorry that most of America won’t ever hear this new album from Jazzanova, and it’s my duty to spread the word. We already heard the collaboration with Phonte that I posted in October, however, I’m just getting around to copping the album, and it’s so good that I almost want to cry.  Even though I still believe that this neo-Motown sound needs to die a slow death, I will make exceptions for tracks like ” I Can See,” which takes the sound and modernizes it to perfection.

(ok, the video is a little suspect, but whatever)

The track, “Rockin’ you Eternally,” has Leon Ware & Dwele leans towards 70s era soul, which is a no brainier since Ware collaborated Marvin Gaye, Minnie Ripperton, and The Jackson 5 back in the day. Again, solid production and amazing vocals make this song a masterpiece. This track is a Leon Ware cover. My bad, people.

Seriously, is there any better R&B/Soul track released this year? If you think so, let me know in the comments.