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soulstar

soulstar

December 9, 2003
4.2 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: December 9, 2003
  • Release Date: December 9, 2003
  • Label: Def Soul
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 The Island Def Jam Music Group
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 1:10:26
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  • ASIN: B000VZKOVE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 134 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,156 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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By Norfeest VINE VOICE on March 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Musiq is the man. I've been a fan since the 1st album. And he doesn't disappoint me this time out either. Peep the review:
1) Soulstar feat. DJ Aktive & Carol Riddick - Great start to the album. This guy has beats that just demand your attention, especially on this song. It's kind of an intro / warm up song, but it's definitely hot.
2) Youloveme - Okay, this song is far from wack, but I can't find a word to describe it. I know....the word is "skippable". It's typical Musiq, I'm assuming that when most people buy music, they want to hear progression....there was none here.
3) Womanopoly - Nice beat, nice vocals, nice content. I like how he uses the Monopoly game to go from topic to topic on this song.
4) Forthenight feat. AAries - The lead single. You've probably heard it already. But it's one of those feel good songs and it's probably one of the best songs on the album despite its shallow content.
5) Infatueighties - I love the beat to this song. Another feel good song. But, like a good 80% of the album, it's about relationships.
6) Whoknows - This song has a familiar effect. Kind of like "Love" had on the first album. Not as stong as the afforementioned song, but it's still a very strong song.
7) Babymother - I wasn't really feeling this song at first, but the topic was strong and the beat was nice.
8) Missyou - I won't tab this song a "brick", but he came really, really, really, really, really, really close. Mr. Chronic Man must've laced their sack with something else that night before they made this.
9) Momentinlife feat. Kindred The Family Soul & Cee Lo - In my opinion, this is the best song on the album. The beat is hot, the guests shine bright, and Musiq does his thing.
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The birth of so-called "neo soul" was a fresh alternative from much of cliched modern r&b. Artists like Erykah Badu, D'Angelo, and Maxwell helped changed the way we listen to music by fusing innovative beats with flashes of 1970s old school soul. It worked for the first few years before the genre started to get lazy creatively. Musiq (hold the Soulchild) has put out a string of solid singles, but he's been criticized by some for using the boho look for credibility. I, for one, have been able to give Musiq the benefit of the doubt and actually found his last two records (particularly the first) reasonably good, if hardly earth-shattering. But on his third album "Soulstar," some of the magic is missing and much of the freshness is gone. Listening to this record is like eating a loaf of French bread a couple days old: it's still edible but somewhat stale. No doubt, the material is listenable and enjoyable; you won't be hitting the "stop" button on nice cuts like the title track, "Womanopoly," and the title-says-it-all ballad "Babymother." Paradoxically, "Soulstar"'s best track is one Musiq didn't even write: a street smart re-working of the Rolling Stones classic "Miss You." But while much of the album is decent, we find Musiq wearing his influences on his sleeve all too openly. Until he comes into his own and drops the Stevie Wonderisms, Musiq may someday record an album that's great instead of one that's merely okay.
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To be able to appreciate this album you have to appreciate, originality,soul,good music and of course Musiq. Soulstar is my favorite album of the three which is a hard decision to make. Soulstar is Musiq doing what Musiq loves, making music. It's and experimentation of sound and lyrical content. Introducing you to the third cd is "Soulstar", laced with the smooth and haunting vocals of Carol Riddick Musiq get's your heart pumping. He then pulls you in with "You Love Me", a cocky yet cute track that makes you wanna dance and you actually find yourself saying, "Yes, I do love you". The highlights of Soulstar are without a doubt, "Miss You" a remake of the Rolling Stones hit which he does more than to, "Who Knows", "The Reason" and radio smash hit "Forthenight". It's a must have for anyone with a a passion for good music. Over 70 mintues of pure entertainment worth more than the cost.

peace - jm
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Once in a while an album comes along where not only can u enjoy it from front 2 back, but in the process, it touches your soul. A body of work so powerful and true 2 itself that it affects your current perception on what quality music should be and sets a standard 4 artistry that just can't be duplicated. Musiq's latest effort (or should I say, "accomplishment") is a collection of 15 separate moments in soul in which he bends his tradition of soulful sounds without breaking it. "Soulstar" is what u get if u put Aijuswannseing and Juslisen in a blender with fried chicken, sweet potatoes, collard greens, biscuits, candied yams and catfish. That's just how much soul this album delivers.
The 1st song that may grab your attention, if not 4 it's sheer creativity but it's captivating lyrics is "womanopoly". It's the story of a young, ambitious sista moving on up 2 Park Place while trying 2 avoid "Chance" and hold on to a share of the "Community Chest" while attempting 2 avoid all the pitfalls in this sometimes cruel game of life.
On the beautiful ballad "whoknows", Musiq embraces the vulnerability and uncertainty that accompanies the start of a new relationship as well as the infinite possibilities of one.
"Thereason" is an introspective look back on his ongoing relationship with his first love that is music and challenges the listeners 2 see that he's actually singing 2 music...not a woman which is typically the 1st thought.
On "babymother", Musiq bluntly travels down the road of unplanned and unexpected parenthood and the decisions, fear and confusion that many can relate 2 that come along 4 the ride.
Soulstar is not simply just an album. It's an experience. It's a journey through soul with stops @ funk, jazz and rhythm and blues along the way.
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