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Clouds Gather For Another Quiet Storm

Thursday, January 13, 2011

R&B doesn't top the charts like it did when “quiet storm” radio formats ruled in the 1970s or when slow-jams ignited passion in the ‘80s. But recent months have brought a flood of throwback records from the likes of R. Kelly and Ne-Yo. And look out, lovers -- Sade is going on tour for the first time in a decade. We’ll talk with Grammy-nominated R&B singer and producer Terry Jones and Village Voice writer Mikael Wood.


Terry Jones and Mikael Wood

Comments [8]


"Like, I mean, ya know, well, like, it's sorta, kinda, obviously, for sure"...

Shall I go on? This writer (Mikael Wood) has no vocabulary. Very surprising but indicative of his generation.

Jan. 13 2011 10:42 PM
Fafa from Harlem

You say return to "basics", I say return to robust songwriting and instrumentation. Today's R&B has misapplied hip-hop techniques and taken them too far, reducing music elements to half phrases, easy beats and general "base" triteness.

Jan. 13 2011 04:25 PM

That guy Michael Wood sounds like a moron. (like)

Jan. 13 2011 02:28 PM
MC from Manhattan

Look at Nelly in his current 5.0 CD, he based his "Long Gone" single on that 1987 classic R&B Hit "Lets start Love over " by Myles Jaye

Jan. 13 2011 02:23 PM
D. Sheepshanks from Brooklyn

Oh Schmap!!!!! Thats Linda Jones! That woman was BAAAD!!!! I didn't know she died. God Bless...she was BAAAD!

Jan. 13 2011 02:20 PM
D. Sheepshanks from Brooklyn

And you could also make a coherent argument that feminism ruined the Quiet Storm genre. Women didn't want to envision themselves as object of conquest and wanted an more fair representation of desire in the music.
And for female artists it was less about a simple girl deep in love" ie Minnie Riperton "Memory Lane" or Valerie Simpson "Silly Me" to more of an independent woman who doesnt need any man who cheats on her and doesnt give her the whole world.

Jan. 13 2011 02:14 PM
D. Sheepshanks from Utica Av., Brooklyn

Well, retro is good. If you consider that alot of the R&B artists that made records in the 1970s are still VERY popular on the airwaves today then you have to acknowledge a real manner of success.
The hip-hop centric sampling has ruined contemporary R&B in two forms: profilic song writing and creative instrumentation.

Jan. 13 2011 02:09 PM
a g from n j

anyone remember wrvr [nyc] and a program that was called "mellow madness" i believe. there was a meeting of fusion,r & b,and what would become known as light jazz,which then just became a little too watered down in subsequent years. perhaps some people discovered more "meaningful" music through shows like this.

Jan. 13 2011 02:08 PM

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