Top 13 R&B Albums, Spring 2013
Our roundup of R&B releases from the first three months of 2013 is headlined by Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience, which reunites him with production partner Timbaland. As the biggest-selling release of the year so far, it easily overshadows everything else, but that doesn't mean there aren't other sounds on this list worth a listen. Bilal's A Love Surreal is a jazzily elliptical neo-soul suite. Dawn Richard's Goldenheart, the first of a planned trilogy, is an imaginative take on electronic R&B. The "indie R&B" fad continues to generate new offerings such as Rhye's Woman, a project featuring downtempo/nu-soul veterans Milosh and Robin Hannibal; and Inc.'s No World.
Elsewhere, after a years-long hiatus, underrated singer-songwriter Alice Smith returns with She. Avant (Face the Music), Brian McKnight (More Than Words) and Charlie Wilson (Love, Charlie) bring warm quiet storm sounds. Aaron Neville revisits his youth with My True Story, a collection of doo-wop and rhythm & blues covers. Mindless Behavior continue their journey to pop glory with All Around the World, and former X-Factor contestant Marcus Canty drops his first EP, THIS … Is Marcus Canty. Finally, Beautiful is a posthumous new collection celebrating the late, much-missed Teena Marie.