Hmmm - I figured it was the Jack-n-Coke lmaoI voted 9. I would have never listened to this except for surround. Very nice and I like the songs, a mix of soul, R&B, and hip hop. It is the R&B flavor that really got me with actual musicians, great sound.
Nice discrete surround mix that tended to soothe and relax me.
I used to share that dim opinion of contemporary R&B, Kid. Well, okay, I pretty much still do: three-note melodies; no key changes or even chord changes; no real development or song structure. As for beats and loops: nothing against them per se when they're used creatively, but in contemporary R&B they're generally not. And don't get me started on autotune and melisma-gone-wild. (You kids get offa my lawn!) It's not for me to say this stuff is soulless--plenty of younger folks seem to connect to it, including my own teenager, whose musical tastes are otherwise adventurous and wide-ranging--but most of it leaves me cold.Surround has opened my ears to pretty much all styles and genres of music, but I don’t think I’ll ever invest in anything Beyoncé. Not a fan of any modern R&B due to the fact that I really love hearing real instruments played by real humans; not canned beats and loops. I know I’m old school, but it is what it is.