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Personally, I like the "neo-soul" label. "R&B" is such a catch-all phrase which clearly denotes nothing - a legacy of race music.

Whether I like neo-soul artists is a different question. It's hit and miss. I like some of the females (India Arie and Eryka Badu) who seem to be charting some new directions and have distinctive sounds. But I haven't yet heard a male singer who has impressed me as much. John Legend is over-hyped - his album (especially the first half) sounds TOO much like Stevie Wonder on a bad day.
Neo Soul to me is just the latest incarnation of Jazz. It is different from R&B which to me describes music of the 50's,60's & 70's. New Jack Swing, was Teddy Riley and the bunch back in the 80's. Mo-town Philly being a notable contribution to the genre. I think it [Neo Soul]really started with Sade because Anita Baker was probably the last real R&B. Mary J. Blige [spelling] may be the last hybrid R&B singer but I am not sure.

I feel that Neo Soul is more about the roots of the song or the lyrics than R&B which is more about the feelings that the song engenders. R&B is about the feeling that occur around the song and Neo Soul is about the message you get from the lyrics and the music, at least that is what I think at 3:20 a.m. while I am suffering from insomnia laugh
I always called the music "alternative R&B," before the neo-soul tag was created. I am a huge, long-time fan of the music, but I don't like the term "neo-soul" because now "urban AC" radio stations have taken the term and try to package it in a corny, boring version to older folks.

The music is deep, it's different, and it's musically conscientious. The term for it should reflect that.

Madison? Are you Pru? Or do you work with her? I liked her song 'Aaroma,' from around 2001 or so.
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Originally posted by Nikcara:
Neo Soul to me is just the latest incarnation of Jazz. It is different from R&B which to me describes music of the 50's,60's & 70's. New Jack Swing, was Teddy Riley and the bunch back in the 80's. Mo-town Philly being a notable contribution to the genre. I think it [Neo Soul]really started with Sade because Anita Baker was probably the last real R&B. Mary J. Blige [spelling] may be the last hybrid R&B singer but I am not sure.

I feel that Neo Soul is more about the roots of the song or the lyrics than R&B which is more about the feelings that the song engenders. R&B is about the feeling that occur around the song and Neo Soul is about the message you get from the lyrics and the music, at least that is what I think at 3:20 a.m. while I am suffering from insomnia laugh


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