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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sunday Singles: Susan Hickman & Alicia Keys

Ah, Sunday again. Time for our Sunday Singles! Here we go…

Susan Hickman - Whipping Post
2009, Susan Hickman

Hickman's latest single, Whipping Post mixes Blues, Rock and Country in a dark and energetic mix full of sex appeal and grit. Hickman can belt with the best of them, and goes from lyric to Mama Morton and back on what might be one of the most exciting Country singles of 2009. Joss Stone and Amy Winehouse have absolutely nothing on Hickman. Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

Alicia Keys - Dreaming
2009, Alicia Keys

Keys goes for a lush, near-ethereal sound on her latest single, Dreaming. Keys is a consummate performer, and vocally she's very much at the top of her game here, but there's something about the track that seems a bit out of kilter. Keys is very much in her upper register throughout the tune, and some of the warmth that perhaps should accompany this track just never materializes. I think the performance is as good as can be expected, but the song itself perhaps isn't up to her usual standard. Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)

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