The Light Of The Sun
(Blues Babe/Warner Brothers)
Sounds Like: The North Philly native’s fourth is a celebration of achievements and struggles, expertly using tempo, moods and guests like Eve and Doug E. Fresh.
Free Association: Who’d win the Beyonce vs. Jill Scott cage match? S’a good question.
For Fans Of: Angie Stone x Gil Scott-Heron, the Roots, goodness, smiles.
Sounds Like: B has outdone herself, with a new batch of growers despite a rocky start with “Run The World (Girls),” showing maturity, grace and legit vocal chops.
Free Association: The Andre 3000 track’s so sick, plus a couple snare-heavy bangers.
For Fans Of: Diana, Whitney, Amerie x Destiny’s Child, divas, dance moves, wind machines.
Jolie Holland & the Grand Chandeliers
Pint of Blood
Sounds Like: The Be Good Tanyas alum’s fifth LP of folksy, bluesy Americana is a solid (albeit a tad monotonous) batch of country-flavored tunes for the vanilla set.
Free Association: If you wish to not offend a soul at your tofu dinner party, this is for you!
For Fans Of: Brandi Carlile, Shelby Lynne, Cat Power, patchouli, Navajo placemats.
PW's Music Issue 2014