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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Michael Kiwanuka

 

 

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This review is more of a spotlight than an actual review. Most of my music reviews are suggestions. “Listen to this album. It’s amazing.”

Love & Hate is one of the best albums that I’ve heard in the last few years.

Love & Hate by Michael Kiwanuka was released in 2016. It’s still better than anything on the radio today. I read somewhere that he used to open for Adele.

I love his voice. It breaks my heart and then puts it back together. It’s the blues with a little soul, baby.

“Cold Little Heart” is one of my favorite songs – even beyond this album. It has a long intro but sometimes we need to be a little bit patient. I’m probably responsible for a large percentage of the Youtube views.

“I’ll Never Love” is also a great song. It makes me want to smoke a cigarette and stare longingly out of a train window. I don’t even smoke.

If you want to hear an album that will make you feel all of the feelings, then Love & Hate is a good place to start.

 

Cold Little Heart Video on YouTube

Michael Kiwanuka

Love & Hate on Spotify

Still Here: #bookreview

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Still Here on Amazon

 

Still Here by Lara Vapnyar follows the lives of four Russian immigrants who move to New York City. Sergey and Vadik have been friends for years. The four of them remain friends, even though Sergey steals Vadik ‘s girlfriend, Vica,  and dumps his current girlfriend, Regina. Their relationship situation is sort of like Fleetwood Mac when they were recording Rumours.

Sergey and Vica get married and struggle with money and sex like most people. Regina sleeps and watches television all day instead of dealing with her mother’s death. Vadik always has a new girlfriend and a new apartment. He’s always looking for the woman that he met on his first day in America because he thinks she is “the one.”

After Sergey’s father dies, he comes up with an idea for an app in which the deceased could retain their online presence so that their loved ones could visit. Sergey believes that his app, Virtual Grave, could be the answer to their financial problems.

I procrastinated for a few months before finally reading Still Here. I was worried that the philosophical discussions about life and death would be over my head. There was nothing to worry about – the language was not a barrier at all.

The characters were all depicted very well. I enjoyed reading about what was going on in their lives. I would give this book 4.5 stars out of five.

 

 

  • I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for doing a review.

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Sleep Deprived Music Review: Lady Wray

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Lady Wray’s Queen Alone came out in 2016 but I just found it today. It’s not a secret that I love old school R&B/soul singers like Chaka Khan. Some singers are real beyond their talent and it shows in their music.

Lady Wray reminds me of all of those chicks from the 70s who really put their heart out there for everyone to hear. There’s also a hint of the Jackson 5 in the music.

She has had some success in the past but due to some minor setbacks, it took awhile to get her career going. It would be a shame to not listen to Lady Wray. So go out and listen to this album, follow her on Twitter, go see her shows. She is worthy of all of your devotion.

Lady Wray is magical.

Lady Wray on Twitter

Lady Wray on Spotify

Queen Alone album

Lady Wray “Do It Again” video. Youtube