Album Review: Days & Nights

daley_daysandnights-300x300I have been impatiently awaiting the debut of Daley since I first discovered his music through a friend. His 2011 mixtape, Those Who Wait, had me wanting more of his music especially with his cover of Maxwell’s Pretty Wings. Check out my mini-review here. After releasing Those Who Wait he followed with his 2012 EP release, Alone Together. Now in 2014 fans are finally getting an official album, Days & Nights which features 12 tracks. On his new album he covers Joan Armatrading, ‘Love & Affection.’

Here are my top 5 (in no particular rode)r:

  • ‘Broken’
  • ‘Pass It On’
  • ‘Look Up’
  • ‘Blame The World’
  • ‘She Fades’

It was interesting to learn that Pharrell produced the track ‘Look Up.’ That just goes to show Pharrell can work with just about anybody regardless of where you’re from or your genre of music.

The beat of the track is why it had to be added to my list. I just love the whole vibe of the album in general. His voice, the smooth beats, it just all woks.The album is what I expected based off his previous work. His voice just gets me every time. There are not many albums that I can sit through and listen to in their entirety, but this is one. I hope that this is the push he gets and that she’s not in the background again. This album, similar to that of his previous work, still features his duet with Marsha Ambrosious, ‘Alone Together.’ This track could have been added mainly for marketing reasons. It’s his most popular track to date and was used as a marketing tool to remember who he was just incase you forgot because here in the states there is never any talk of Daley.

Check out Daley’ Live In Studio session with Billboard of ‘Look Up’ and ‘Love & Affection.’

Beyoncé’s, ‘Drunk In Love’, to be Edited on UK Station

Beyoncé has been getting a lot of flack about the lyrics to her new self-titled album and it doesn’t seem to be stopping. UK radio station, Bang Radio, has banned a part of Jay Z’s lyrics from ‘Drunk In Love’ for domestic violence. What type of domestic violence did he insinuate?

I’m Ike, Turner turn up/ Baby know I don’t play / Now eat the cake, Anna Mae / I said eat the cake, Anna Mae

That is one of the prolific scenes from the Tina Turner biopic starring Angela Basset. Bang Radio’s CEO, Jennifer Ogle, released a statement:

The lyrics controversially imitate a scene of severe domestic violence within the film, displaying promotion of domestic violence against women. In this light Bang [refuses] to play the song lyrics from henceforth on our station. We believe in the unity of women and music and in no way condone violence, domestic or otherwise, especially not through the power of music. Therefore, the decision has been made to wipe the stated lyrics from the song … Respectful of what our audience [wants] to hear on Bang Radio, we feel this is the right action to take in regards to the controversial lyrics of the song and we will continue to serve in social equality for people through music and content on our station.

From the first half of the statement it said that the song would no longer be played, but near the end the decision was changed to the song being played with the lyrics removed. This could be done one of two ways. Jay Z’s lyrics could be removed from the song entirely or his lyrics can still be played just removing the part insinuating domestic violence with some looping. I really would have thought that the song would get banned for the sexual innuendos instead of the domestic violence insinuation that clearly went over my head.

The song is doing very well on the charts ranking in the top 5 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. The album itself is holding on at #2 on the Billboard 200.

Well if you would like to keep up the Carters you can catch them (including Baby Blue) all over the blogs and Beyoncé’s Instagram. The couple is also slated to perform at the Grammy’s this Sunday (1/26/14).