The list author says: "I'm a BIG music lover. Not a day goes by where I'm not listening to one artist or another. Music is not only for entertainment imo. You can find yourself in the songs. You can dance, cry, or make major life decisions to them. I love all kinds of music, but the genre I love the most is R&B/Soul. This is just my personal list of albums I love. Check them out if you like."
"Janet's been doing her thing for over two decades now, but no record before or after The Velvet Rope has made such an impact on me. There's a wide range of topics including depression, self-esteem issues, domestic violence, homophobia, and losing loved ones. It's absolutely relatable and guaranteed to get you through the tough times."
"Although the R. Kelly scandal could've taken out Aaliyah's career, she bounced back and returned stronger than ever with Timbaland and Missy Elliott by her side. The title track puts me in a trance every time I hear it and it's only the tip of the iceberg. Why it's out of print is beyond me."
"Although Liyah left us tragically nearly a decade ago, her legacy still lives on. Her self-titled record is timeless, unique, and playable from start to finish. Highlights include Rock the Boat, More Than a Woman, I Care 4 U, It's Whatever, I Can Be, and We Need a Resolution. She was truly one in a million."
"Sade is my favorite artist of all time. Her smoky, sensual vocals are hyponotic and instantly recognizable. Love Deluxe, while her only album in the 90s, played a big part in the neo-soul movement that would come along later in the decade. Classics like Kiss of Life, Cherish the Day, No Ordinary Love, and Bullet Proof Soul were tailor made for those "late night sessions"."
"Although Back to Black made Amy Winehouse a star in the US, her 2003 debut Frank is far more impressive. Her voice is lighter and more agilic here. Plus she was able to draw from the jazz greats of the early 20th century while still maintaining a modern vibe. That's not an easy thing to pull off, but she did with flying colors. Take the Box, In My Bed, and You Sent Me Flying are addictive."
"While Xtina's image was Dirrty personified, Stripped dug much deeper. There's no one on the planet that can't relate to at least a few of the songs. Falling in love, recovering from a broken heart, facing childhood trauma, or learning to love yourself. Beautiful hit the top of the charts for good reason."
"In the past Mariah's voice was complimented for being impressive rather than expressive. Well Butterfly found the diva feeling every single word she sang. She'd freed herself from a bad marriage and was finally able to show her love for hip hop. Definitely spin the title track, The Roof, Breakdown, My All, Babydoll, and Honey."
"One of neo-soul's pioneers, Erykah Badu's second album made it clear that she was here to stay. Coming to terms with the breakup from Outkast's Andre 3000, songs like Bag Lady, Didn't Cha Know, My Life, and Green Eyes enabled the healing process. Excellent."
"Like a cross between Baduizm and Mama's Gun, Return of the Ankh's free flowing atmosphere keeps me bobbing my head all the way through. Window Seat is a the perfect escapist's anthem and tracks like Love, Gone Baby, Don't Be Long, and Out My Mind, Just in Time make me hit the repeat button over and over."
"Only Jill can work that magic with her brand of spoken word and that silky soul voice of hers. Gettin' in the Way, A Long Walk, and The Way remind me of summer and the operatic He Loves Me is the epitome of love."
"Mary Mary Mary. My Life found her in such a dark place and she made you feel her pain on the title track, I'm Goin' Down, Be With You, and Be Happy to name a few. Whenever you feel alone, give this cd a listen. You'll be able to relate."
"The total opposite of My Life, No More Drama kicked the heartache and pain to the curb. It's ok to acknowledge the hurt, but don't let it consume you. Songs like Where I've Been and Rainy Dayz can help get you through and don't forget Family Affair when you're looking for a good time. Now tell me what woman can't throw out some "amen"s to PMS? Y'all been there!"
"Sweetback is Sade's band sans the singer and they sound just as amazing on their own. Underrated vocalists Amel Larriex and Maxwell take over on Gaze, You Will Rise, and Softly Softly, but instrumentals Chord and Come Dubbing will whisk you away. Background singer Leroy Osbourne gets a chance to shine on the mellow jam Hope She'll Be Happier."