This week brought some highly anticipated R&B releases of the year. First, the talented Alicia Keys released The Element of Freedom – her latest in over two years. Sex Therapy also became available as the latest smooth, sultry and appropriately named release by Robin Thicke. Finally, iTunes released Soul Christmas from their iTunes Essentials library featuring some of the most soulful Christmastime favorites to get you in the holiday spirit. Here are a few of our favorite songs from each of them:
Alicia Keys – The Elements of Freedom
For someone as talented as Ms. Keys it’s difficult to outdo each previous album. Though this may not be her best full release, it certainly has several notable, memorable songs.
Empire State of Mind (Part II) Broken Down – Consider this the acoustic, “quiet storm” version of her Jay-Z collaboration.
This Bed – Could have easily been written for Mariah Carey, this one will get you bopping your head and singing along the first time you play it.
Try Sleeping with a Broken Heart – Upbeat and catchy, this is a post-breakup legend in the making.
That’s How Strong My Love Is – “The” love song of the album. As a plus, it showcases Alicia’s talent tickling the ivories.
Robin Thicke – Sex Therapy
Robin’s Sex Therapy made it difficult to select just a few favorites. His style has stayed consistent with the Robin we all know and love but this time has definitely dialed up the sensuality factor.
Sex Therapy – The name says it all. We’ll keep it clean and leave it at that.
It’s in the Mornin’ (Featuring Snoop Dogg) – The ultimate smooth groove that’s perfect for snuggling.
Rollacosta (Featuring Estelle) – Definitely a hit. This up-tempo song will infiltrate the radio and, quite possibly, the clubs very soon.
Jus Right – With a hint of a “Lost Without You” feel, “Jus Right” is smooth and blissful.
iTunes Essentials: Soul Christmas
Available exclusively through iTunes, this Christmas Soul conglomeration includes the best 25 soulful holiday songs for you to download. Some of the songs listed include:
This Christmas by Donny Hathaway
Someday at Christmas by Stevie Wonder
Deck the Halls by Musiq Soulchild
Silent Night by The Temptations