Monica ‘New Life’ Album Review
1. Intro (Interlude)
2. It All Belongs To Me Feat. Brandy
3. Daddy’s Good Girl
4. Man Who Has Everything
5. Big Mistake
6. Take A Chance Feat.Wale
7. Without You
8. Until It’s Gone
11. Time To Move On
12. Outro (Interlude)
Monica invites you to her “New Life” on her sixth studio album that is now available in stores.
The new bride who might be lost for words, uses the cut to profess her love for husband NBA player Shannon Brown (the man who changed her world in 2010) with songs.
As stated above, just like Beyonce was drowning in passionate love for Jay-Z on “Dangerously In Love” the diva mainly focuses on her new found happiness.
Mo opens the album with a conversation with Mary J. Blige where the veteran singer advises her to leave the drama behind and embrace the fairytale life that Brown is offering.
From there on, the mother of two delivers a sweet performance on “Daddy’s Good Girl” a Rico Love-penned track where she shares her marital bliss.
The “Still Standing” artist pursues with the “I AM SO IN LOVE ” theme with songs like “Man Who Has Everything” an excellent reggae-inspired track about not needing material things when you have found the right partner, and “Without You” a song she co-produced and that paints the portrait of the perfect love affair.
The joy of finally settling down with Mr. Right is also revealed on the less than perfect ballad “Amazing” which was put together by her longtime collaborators Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox and Crystal Johnson .
The 31-year-old star keeps the album honest by mentioning past errors with tracks like “Time to Move On” a song with an old school vibe about walking away from a chaotic relationship.
“It All Belongs to Me,” her long awaited duet with Brandy, with whom she delivered her mega 1998 hit “The Boy Is Mine” recounts the same tale of a young woman falling for a bum.
After 14 longs years – the expectations were high – and sadly to say – the Monica/Brandy reunion failed to quench our thirst.
To make sure she does not repeat her past mistakes, New Life ‘s Outro (Interlude) features the singer giving herself a pep talk about not straying away from the right path.
“New Life” enables Monica to do what she does best, deliver magnificent and raw vocal performances on each and every single track.
While the record is not a classic it has an enormous amount of class, thanks to the mature topics tackled , the absence of gimmicks such the auto-tune and her decision not to have a profusion of rapper spitting rhymes about bling.
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