Annal: 2004 Grammy Award for Best Rythm & Blues Album

Results of the Grammy Award in the year 2004.

Album:The Diary of Alicia Keys

The Diary of Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys has more than lived up to the promise of her formidable debut Songs in A Minor, pushing beyond her flirtation with old-school soul and venturing into the modern world, even hiring Timbaland to guide her through the shoals of anthemic hip-hop on the breathless and funkified “Heartburn.” Sounding like a hyperthyroid cheerleader, Keys unleashes a quirky sense of humor that no one even suspected she possessed. Her effortless singing on the beat-driven “Karma” is a wonder of sonics on this uplifting piece of pop philosophy, giving countless anxious…

Album:Beautifully Human

Beautifully Human: Words and Sounds, Vol. 2

Jill Scott

While most neo-soulsters crank out albums like their hip-hop counterparts, Jill Scott takes a more traditional approach to her craft. Four years after the release of her debut, Who Is Jill Scott, Words & Sounds Vol. 1, Scott returns with the masterful Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2. The album features a collection of lush and hypnotic songs that will make you want to fall in love, live life, and be a better person all at the same time. Lead single “Golden” is a prime example of this. Set to a midtempo groove made for the dance floor,…

Album:I Can't Stop

I Can't Stop

Al Green

The highlight of I Can’t Stop, Al Green’s reunion with producer-arranger Willie Mitchell, the architect of his deathless ’70s hits, is “My Problem is You.” Over six and a half minutes, Green roars, wails, and rambles through a midtempo exploration of a seemingly unsolvable riddle—the love of a woman and its hold on him. In great voice, his high-end barely touched by time, he makes every moment count over these dozen originals; often lacking the layer of eccentricity that colored tracks as diverse as “I Can’t Get Next to You” and “Belle,” the songs still…

Album:Musicology

Musicology

Prince

After a decade and a half of only making records that tickled his own eccentric fancy, Prince has returned with a rather high-minded agenda to educate listeners in the science of music—or at least take them back to school—make that old school, bragging on the title track that “We got a Ph.D. in advanced body movin’.” But his braggadocio is not without merit. The Purple One has reconnected with that deep vein of funk after experimenting with his splendid and messy excesses since the cusp of the nineties, and turned out his best album since 1987’s Sign of the Times.…

Album:My Everything

My Everything

Anita Baker

In an era of fast-food divas and ready-made starlets, finding the genuine article is often as hard as finding a needle in a haystack. Anita Baker could not have picked a better time for her return to music. After a decade-long hiatus, the soulful songstress returns with her eagerly anticipated Blue Note debut, My Everything.

The 10-track disc doesn’t disappoint. Lush, emotive, and gorgeous are a few words that come to mind when listening to the Toledo, OH native’s album. Lead single “You’re My Everything” opens the album with an infectiously smooth…

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