Mar 31

Mariah Carey – Emotions (1991/2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 47:02 minutes | 1,5 GB | Genre: R&B, Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Mora.jp | © Sony Music

A strong follow-up to Mariah Carey’s self-titled debut album, Emotions puts to rest any concern of a “sophomore slump.” The same mix of dance/R&B/ballads that gave Carey’s debut such tremendous auditory appeal can be found with equal strength on this release, indicating that placing firm belief in the notion of “Why fool with success?” may, in fact, have its merits. Most notably, the gospel influences of “If It’s Over” (with music co-written by Carole King), the yearning cries for a lost love in “Can’t Let Go,” and the catchy, upbeat title track all serve to send the listener on a musical journey filled with varying emotions. However, the one emotion that prevails upon completion of the album is definitely a positive one: satisfaction. ~~ AllMusic Review by Ashley S. Battel

Tracklist:

01. Emotions (4:09)
02. And You Don’t Remember (4:27)
03. Can’t Let Go (4:28)
04. Make It Happen (5:08)
05. If It’s Over (4:38)
06. You’re So Cold (5:06)
07. So Blessed (4:13)
08. To Be Around You (4:38)
09. Till The End Of Time (5:35)
10. The Wind (4:42)

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Mar 31

Mariah Carey – Infinity (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 0:4:00 minutes | 50 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: HDTracks | © Epic Records

Mariah’s brand new single “Infinity” from her upcoming compilation album #1 To Infinity.

Tracklist:

1. Infinity

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Mar 31

Mariah Carey – #1’s (1998)
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 72:42 minutes | Scans included | 2,96 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,46 GB
Genre: R&B, Pop

Protest as she may – and she does, claiming in the liner notes that #1’s is “not a greatest hits album! It’s too soon, I haven’t been recording long enough for that!” – it’s hard to view #1’s, Mariah Carey’s first compilation, as anything other than a greatest-hits album. Carey was fortunate enough to have nearly every single she released top the pop charts. Between 1990’s “Vision of Love” and 1998’s “My All,” all but four commercially released singles (“Anytime You Need a Friend,” “Can’t Let Go,” “Make It Happen,” “Without You”) hit number one, with only a handful of radio-only singles (“Butterfly,” “Breakdown”) making the airwaves, not the charts. That leaves 12 big hits on #1’s, all number ones. Since Carey’s singles always dominated her albums, it comes as no surprise that #1’s is her best, most consistent album, filled with songs that represent state-of-the-art ’90s adult contemporary and pop-oriented urban soul. That said, it isn’t a perfect overview – a couple of good singles are missing because of the self-imposed “#1 rule”; plus, the Ol’ Dirty Bastard mix of “Fantasy” is strong, but fans familiar with the radio single will be disappointed that the chorus is completely missing on this version. The album is also padded with a personal favorite (her Brian McKnight duet “Whenever You Call,” taken from Butterfly) and three new songs – the Jermaine Dupri-produced “Sweetheart,” the Whitney Houston duet “When You Believe” (taken from The Prince of Egypt soundtrack), and “I Still Believe,” a remake of a Brenda K. Starr tune – which are all fine, but not particularly memorable. Still, that’s hardly enough to bring down a thoroughly entertaining compilation that will stand as her best record until the “official” hits collection is released.

Tracklist:
01. Sweetheart
02. When You Believe (from The Prince Of Egypt)
03. Whenever You Call
04. My All
05. Honey
06. Always Be My Baby
07. One Sweet Day
08. Fantasy
09. Hero
10. Dreamlover
11. I’ll Be There
12. Emotions
13. I Don’t Wanna Cry
14. Someday
15. Love Takes Time
16. Vision Of Love
17. I Still Believe

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Mar 28

Francis Cabrel – Photos de voyages (1985/2013)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 00:42:30 minutes | 886 MB | Genre: Folk, Pop, Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Columbia Records
Recorded: Studio du Palais des Congrés de Paris

By the release of this album, Francis Cabrel had assembled quite a formidable team of instrumentalists, arrangers, and producers, and this album reflects their confidence and ability. More varied than any of Cabrel’s earlier releases, Photos de Voyages maintains a high level of excellence musically. The arrangements are compelling and the instrumental performances are strong and tasteful. However, the disc is missing the knockout songs of Quelqu’un de l’interieure, not to mention the intensity and insightful social observations of his earlier work. The album is a transitional work: Cabrel moving from savant singer-songwriter to relaxed, reminiscent musical shape-shifter, an approach which he is to master on later releases. Overall, this is a better forum for Gerard Bikialo (producer) than Cabrel, but a nice indicator of what is to come. ~~ AllMusic Review by Samuel Johnson

Tracklist:
1 Tourner Les Hélicos 4:10
2 L’Homme Qui Marche 4:25
3 Qu’Est-Ce Que Je Viens De Dire? 4:05
4 Je Te Suivrai 4:15
5 Gitans 4:40
6 Encore Et Encore 4:35
7 Le Lac Huron 4:20
8 Lisa 4:00
9 Docteur 4:19
10 Photos De Voyages 4:20

Personnel:
Francis Cabrel, chant, chœurs, guitare acoustique, guitare “5”
Gérard Bikialo, claviers, direction cordes “5”
Claude Salmieri, batterie
Bernard Paganotti, basse
Denys Lable, guitares électriques
Patrick Bourgoin, saxophone, cuivres “1”
Marc Chantereau, percussions
Guy Battarel, programmation PPG
Michel Françoise, guitare “1”
Alex Perdigon, Kako, cuivres “1”
Roger Secco, chœurs “2”
Kamil Rustam, guitare électrique “3”
Slim Pezin, guitare acoustique “3”
Joe Hammer, percussions “3”
Christophe Guiot, violon “5”
Jean-Pierre Bucolo, guitare “5/9”
Marcel Azzola, accordéon “8”
Jean-Yves Bikialo, synthé “8”

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Mar 28

Francis Cabrel – In Extremis (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88.2kHz | Time – 00:50:32 minutes | 969 MB | Genre: Folk, Pop, Blues
Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Chandelle Productions / Sony Music
Recorded: Studios Éphémère (Astaffort), Davout (Paris)

Sept ans depuis Des roses et des orties qui insinuait déjà que la vie pouvait être piquante, dans tous les sens du terme. Sept ans, un quart temps de la réclusion de Mandela. Le temps de faire l’inventaire de la cellule où nos pensées tournent en boucle, de tirer le bilan de nos renoncements et de nos bonheurs, le temps des désenchantements (cette dénonciation du cynisme des puissants, ce peu de cas que l’on fait des hommes et de la terre), le temps qui passe, qu’on aimerait mettre en pause à coups de crèmes magiques en faisant ‘comme si on était partis pour rester’. Mais difficile de ‘faire comme si’ les enfants pendant ce temps n’avaient pas grandi. Il faut se retourner désormais pour entendre leurs cris de joie pendant les tours de manège. Et une fois retourné, c’est la grande déferlante du passé. On redécouvre les premiers groupes, les premiers concerts, on entrevoit un vieux crooner hantant la scène, les destins brisés des grandes figures du jazz, poussant plus loin on peut même assister à la fin de la chevalerie sur la plaine d’Azincourt, et beaucoup plus loin encore, on discerne une croix plantée sur une colline qui apporte la preuve qu’on peut mourir d’amour. Car sept ans plus tard, in extremis, on le voit bien, il n’y a que l’amour qui demeure. » Jean Rouaud, Prix Goncourt 1990.

Tracklist:
1. Dur comme fer 4’03
2. À chaque amour que nous ferons 4’29
3. Le pays d’à côté 4’36
4. Azincourt 2’58
5. In Extremis 5’42
6. Dans chaque coeur 5’04
7. Partis pour rester 3’39
8. Mandela, pendant ce temps 4’10
9. Les tours gratuits 4’40
10. La voix du crooner 2’53
11. Pas si bêtes 4’20
Bonus:
12. Les fontaines du jazz 3’42

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Mar 22

Samantha Jade – Nine (2015)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1kHz | Time – 00:38:34 minutes | 465 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | © Sony Music

Nine is the second studio album by Australian singer Samantha Jade, released through Sony Music Australia on 20 November 2015. It is her first album of completely original material.

Nine has been in the works since Jade won The X Factor Australia in 2012, but experienced numerous delays – most notably the passing of her mother in 2014. In February 2014, Jade put her career on hold to care for her mother Jacqueline after she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. While in hospital, her mother was heavily involved in the album’s plans. “She actually had a lot of input into it… she was in bed and I was there with her so I went through all the artwork with her, all the ideas for the songs and played her the songs we had.”
After her mother passed four months later, Jade continued recording for the album, newly inspired by her recent experiences. On 18 November 2014, she released a new single, “Sweet Talk”. She decided to release a positive, summery song, as she “didn’t want to come out with anything too deep after the kind of year I’ve had.” It was originally intended to be the lead single from Nine, however after a moderate peak of number 38 on the ARIA Singles Chart, it did not make the final track list.

The album’s title, and title track, Nine is a reference to the nine years between releasing her debut single, “Step Up”, and finally achieving her goal of releasing her first album of original material. Jade further explains the meaning behind the title; “When I wrote ‘Nine’, I wanted to get a sense of positivity in even the darkest moments so it came with the reference of being on cloud 9 or a cat with nine lives. The number 9 has also always been important in our family, and our birth dates have some sort of connection with it too. The song is very organic in that sense and directly from my heart.”

Perth-born singer/songwriter Samantha Jade had already retired as a successful model in Australia when she made her worldwide pop music debut at the age of 16. Modeling began at age four; being bitten by the music bug came at age nine when Samantha won her first talent show singing “Amazing Grace.” Writing music soon became a passion, and by 2004 when she was just 16 she landed her song “Secret Love” on the Shark Tale soundtrack. The song was performed by teen pop star JoJo, but it wasn’t long before Jade’s powerful singing voice would be featured on another soundtrack, 2006’s Step Up, which put the now 18-year-old singer in the company of Ciara, Kelis, and Sean Paul. Jade’s track, also titled “Step Up,” was written in part by superstar songwriter Diane Warren and produced by Wyclef Jean. The Jive record company used the catchy single to promote Jade’s own full-length debut, which was promised for later in the year. –Artist Biography by David Jeffries

Tracklist:
1 Always 3:01
2 Naked 3:48
3 Wait For It 3:15
4 What You Want 3:34
5 Only Just Begun 3:58
6 Shake That (Feat. Pitbull) 3:38
7 Show Me Love 3:24
8 Let The Good Times Roll 3:53
9 Castle 3:30
10 Born To Be Alive 3:16
11 Nine 3:17

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