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Articles by Ian McCann

‘Funky Divas’: How En Vogue Defined 90s R&B In One Perfect Album
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‘Funky Divas’: How En Vogue Defined 90s R&B In One Perfect Album

A landmark album in the development of modern R&B, ‘Funky Divas’ found En Vogue setting the bar for all acts to follow.

Best Female Soul Singers: 10 Soul Sirens That Deserve Love And Respect
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Best Female Soul Singers: 10 Soul Sirens That Deserve Love And Respect

Singing from their hearts and finding a place in ours, the best female soul singers include music royalty and inspirational survivors.

The Monkees: Why Pop’s “Manufactured” Primates Deserve Respect

The Monkees: Why Pop’s “Manufactured” Primates Deserve Respect

Seeing through fame’s facade and demanding to be themselves, The Monkees created perfect 60s pop that was more subversive than you think…

Best Randy Crawford Songs: 10 Classics From Soul’s Best Kept Secret
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Best Randy Crawford Songs: 10 Classics From Soul’s Best Kept Secret

Finding greater success overseas than at home, the best Randy Crawford songs reveal a unique voice that deserved to command the globe.

Best Soul Albums Of All Time: 20 Immortal Classics You Need To Hear
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Best Soul Albums Of All Time: 20 Immortal Classics You Need To Hear

From creative detours to political outrage and straight-up floor-fillers, the best soul albums answer the eternal question: What is soul?

‘Young, Gifted And Black’: Aretha Franklin’s Move Into Adult-Oriented Soul
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‘Young, Gifted And Black’: Aretha Franklin’s Move Into Adult-Oriented Soul

Aretha Franklin’s ‘Young, Gifted And Black’ album delivered on all fronts: she really was everything its title claimed – and more.

‘This Girl’s In Love With You’: Aretha Franklin’s Beloved Covers Album
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‘This Girl’s In Love With You’: Aretha Franklin’s Beloved Covers Album

Tackling The Beatles, The Band and others, ‘This Girl’s In Love With You’ found Aretha Franklin claiming much-loved songs for her own.

Best Donny Hathaway Songs: 10 Classics Of 70s Soul Music
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Best Donny Hathaway Songs: 10 Classics Of 70s Soul Music

Shaping soul music in the early 70s, the best Donny Hathaway songs reveal a versatile singer who had so much more to give.

Rob Tyner: How MC5’s Frontman Led A Rock’n’Roll Revolution
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Rob Tyner: How MC5’s Frontman Led A Rock’n’Roll Revolution

Punk before punk was invented, MC5’s singer, Rob Tyner, laid down the anti-establishment blueprint for all future rock’n’roll rebels to follow.

Try A Little Tenderness: How Otis Redding’s Midas Touch Found Soul Gold
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Try A Little Tenderness: How Otis Redding’s Midas Touch Found Soul Gold

A sentimental ballad Otis Redding didn’t think suited him, Try A Little Tenderness became a passion-filled powerhouse in the singer’s hands.

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