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Acoustic Soul
Average Customer Review: 4.61 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (27 March, 2001)
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India Arie's Acoustic Soul is just as advertised:grooving soul music with an acoustic bent. Arie herself plays guitar,supplemented by strings (instead of synthesizers) and drums (instead ofdrum machines). The first single, "Video," is a calm, confident ode toself-love, comparing the dreadlocked, petite Arie to the average girlin a video. Arie is indeed anything but average: her debut marks theauspicious return of the black female singer-songwriter, in the vein ofMe'ShellNdegeocello, Tracy Chapman, and Dionne Farris. Ifyou like their music, with thoughtful lyrics and layers ofinstrumentation, you'll love this album. "Video" is fabulous, but otherhigh points include "Ready for Love," a lament that smolders beforeslowly building to a crescendo, with tinkling piano, guitar, and celloswelling beneath the vocal. "Strength, Courage, and Wisdom" is anoptimistic anthem that'll have you clapping your hands and swaying fromside to side, and the best track on the album, "Simple," is astraightforward love song with a pulsating beat. Acoustic Soulmay not be full of radio-friendly tracks, but every track is strong,and the disc improves each time you press play. --Courtney Kemp ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Folksy and mellow
This artist is kind of hybrid of Tracy Chapman and Erykah Badu with her own blend of folksy R&B music. As soon as I heard "Video," I knew that I would buy this CD because the artist was speaking for all the forgotten sistas, the around the way girls who are happy with themselves even if they don't look like video chicks. So though that was the song that hooked me, track # 4 "Brown Skin" is my favorite on this CD. This song is a sultry ode to a fine brown skinned man (my favorite kind! 8-). I just like the mood on this song, and the lyrics are worthy of any mack as Ms. Arie flips the seduction scene on the brothas with words like "Skin so brown, lips so round, baby how can I be down?" I am determined to use that line on at least one man before the summer is over. lol. But seriously, this whole CD is good because the lyrics are substantial, but not pretentious or overwhelming. "Strength, Courage and Wisdom" and "Promises" are also standouts on this collection. Check out Acoustic Soul for yourself. You won't be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars "Soul" Inspiring
India.Arie's "Acoustic Soul" is incredibly beautiful music. This is what you would call "grown folks' music"! While I love every track on this CD (including the thought-provoking "Video" and the scintillating "Brown Skin" {not to mention it is one more reminder of why one should be proud of being black!}), I would like to bring noteworthy attention to the incredible gem "Simple" and the awesome and inspiring "Wonderful," which is a tribute to Arie's hero Stevie Wonder. "Simple" is a spare and beautiful love song that musically and lyrically (in its "simple" arrangement) puts much of what passes on the radio as love songs to shame. Stevie Wonder must be flattered by "Wonderful," a beautiful song about why our elders are so important to our growth as people and artists. Listening to this has made me want to write something (albeit non-musical) for my own hero, the great novelist Toni Morrison.

India.Arie's "strength, courage and wisdom" is evident on every facet of this CD. It is the reason why music should be made and played! You will be hard pressed to find much in the record store this positive, this soulful and this dynamic. India.Arie may not have won any Grammys, but that is a poor reflection on the people who decide who is deserving of the gold plated phonographs. Those of us who own "Acoustic Soul" already know what the rest of the world should. When this CD dropped in stores, India.Arie was already a winner!

India.Arie, you have a fan for life. I love what you do.

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Debut From A Talented Artist
India Arie Simpson made her debut in March of 2001, around the same time as Alicia Keys made her debut. At the Grammies that year, fans of India Arie were stunned when, despite her seven nominations for her debut "Acoustic Soul", India Arie did not receive a single Grammy and many of her fans dislike Alicia Keys for "robbing" India of her Grammies. India Arie was twenty-five at the time of this debut and she, as far as I know, either wrote or co-wrote every song on this album. As well, I believe India Arie herself played the acoustic guitar in many (or all) of the songs. Though her lyrics are somewhat simple, they have a generally elegant kind of simplicity as well. On her debut, India seems to be introducing the listener both to herself and her style and she pulls it off quite well.

The album starts off with a short "Intro" in which India lists some of the artists who inspired her. It is quite short and not memorable. The first song on the album is India Arie's single "Video" in which she asserts that she's "not the average girl from the video." In this song, India seems to be giving the listener a little insight as to what she's like as a person as well as giving us a taste of her lyrical and vocal style. The vocals in the bridge of the song are especially great (the part that begins "am I any less of me if I don't wear pantyhose?"). Though this is different from most singles in 2001, it is a wonderful song and a great introduction to India Arie. Afterwards comes "Promises", one of the catchiest songs on the album. To me, this is one of the best songs on the album. In this song, India gives the messages that "a man's only as good as his word" and basically, to keep your promises and you will be rewarded.

Next comes two decent songs, "Brown Skin" and "Strength, Courage and Wisdom". By decent I mean that they are still good but not quite up to the same level as other songs. "Brown Skin" is a touching song about how India Arie loves her man's brown skin. The only downside is the song is quite long and the lyrics are somewhat repetitive making it seem even longer. "Strength, Courage and Wisdom" is a little more upbeat and talks about finding these three qualities inside you. It is a decent enough song but is not quite as good as other songs on the album. After comes the slightly more interesting "Nature" with its captivating chorus and vocal style. This song showcases India's vocals quite well even though the lyrics contain a lot of similes and are not the best. Overall, it is a good song.

Next come three of my favourite songs on the album, "Back To The Middle", "Ready For Love" and "Always In My Head", though they are interrupted by an interlude. "Back To The Middle" has great vocals and the lyrics seem to be a little bit autobiographical. The music in this track, like with all the tracks on the album now that I think of it, fits with the vocals and lyrics very well. It is not exactly clear what "back to the middle" means but that does not take away from the quality of the song. In "Ready For Love", India states that she is ready for all the pain, joy and time involved in love. The song is a calm ballad that grows increasingly more powerful as it goes on and shows off the sandiness of India's voice. To me, it is a definite highlight. After that comes a short interlude which is mostly a continuation of the intro. In other words, its nothing too memorable. "Always In My Head", like several India Arie songs, contains a lot of metaphors but this time is works well. The music in this song it awesome as well.

Next comes "I See God In You", which could have been extremely cheesy or wonderful. Thankfully, it is closer to the latter. The song mostly repeats the chorus with only two real verses, but India's voice and the catchiness of the song save it from being too cheesy. Afterwards come another three decent tracks, "Simple", "Part of My Life" and "Beautiful". "Simple" has a catchy beat to it but suffers from average lyrics. The vocals in the chorus sound great though I think there's a little too much of the background singers in the chorus. However, it does sound pretty good. "Part of My Life" is decent but not nearly as good as some of the other tracks on the album. It suffers from subpar to average lyrics that do not do India Arie's talents much justice. "Beautiful" truly lives up to its name, particularly in the chorus. However, while "Beautiful" is good, it is not quite as good as other songs on the album. Finally, we come to the Outro and the bonus track, "Wonderful" which is a dedication to Stevie Wonder. The Outro is basically a "thank you" song to India's family. "Wonderful" is somewhat cheesy but is still a nice dedication to Stevie Wonder. Despite its good lyrics and great vocals, the song just seems to be lacking something.

Overall Mark: 4/5

Overall, India Arie comes out with a wonderful RnB/Soul debut album that touches on many topics that are not generally talked about in modern music. Despite the quality of the album, I do not think it would be one that many people will remember several years down the road simply because now, three years after this albums release, very few people even remember India Arie as more than "the one who sang Video". This is really a shame since India Arie is an undeniably talented artist. Unfortunately, her sophomore album wasn't nearly at the same level as her debut. This album is great to add to any collection. ... Read more

Asin: B00005A1PR


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1st Born Second
Average Customer Review: 4.38 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (31 July, 2001)
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Riding in on a D'Angelo-spawnedwave of shivery voodoo groove, 22-year-old Bilal Oliver tries to flipthe neo-soul script on his long-awaited, oft-delayed debut. It's anambitious effort, a collection of 17 tracks on which this latestinductee into the Soulquarians collective (who's made appearances on Common's Like Water forChocolate and Guru's Streetsoul, andproduced tracks on Erykah Badu's Mama's Gun) proveshe's worth his salt in hype. A host of A-list producers--Mike City,James Poyser, Dr.Dre (who rolls out a fine slice of funk on "Fast Lane"), and theubiquitous Raphael Saadiq (behind the slinky "Soul Sista," which firstappeared on the Love and Basketball soundtrack)--providebacking tracks that show off the young singer-songwriter's depth andrange. Equally at home in reggae riddims ("Home"), anguished balladry("When Will You Call"), and carnivalesque, Busta Rhymes-stylesardonics ("Sally"), Bilal wants to show us he can do it all, and windsup spreading himself a bit thin at times. The best moments on the albumhappen when the classically trained vocalist lands on solid, soulfulhooks (as on the sweetly aching melody of "All That I Am" or thehaunting hum of "Love Poems") that allow his limber pipes to swoopgorgeously from gravelly basso to full-bodied falsetto, evoking shadesof Prince and Marvin Gaye alongthe way. --Sylvia W. Chan ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars, & more soul than platform shoes
You can predict ones musical output by the company one keeps-- here we have The Soulqarians and Dr. Dre on the boards, ?uestlove from The Roots drops by, and we got Mos Def and Common on a track. With that kind people, you can't really go wrong, now can you? As another disciple of the Neo-Soul collective, Bilal does a standup job with this album, giving discerning listeners soulful, jazzy, and at times, groovy beats. One thing about the neo-soul sound that is consistent is its excellent production values, and this is no different. Tracks like "All that I Want" with its beautifully blistering melody and hook will drop you to your knees, while "Sometimes" a song about regrets, small & large, will get you chuckling ("sometimes I wish a I had no home training"! ). The prerequistite "girl why'd ya leave me?" track is there ( "When Will You Call?" ) and the "one ESPECIALLY for the ladies" cut is "Soul Sista". "Sally" is notable in its mockingly mischievious tone, and "Love Poems" is straight-forward and incredibly good. This level of craftmenship harkens back to likes of Prince and Marvin Gaye, before R & B became disposable, so go ahead and give this brother a chance.

5-0 out of 5 stars he's probably a genius...i don't know yet
First i'd like to tell you some things about Bilal you might not know. You might think this album is very strange and experimental, but you probably did not know about some of the musicians Bilal runs with. He has appeared on recordings by some immensely talented members of the youngest stratus of the New York jazz underground, lending vocal talents to the likes of piano phenom Robert Glasper and the ebullient John Ellis. He moans, mumbles, often resembling a pained old black woman mourning a recent violent death. He's crazy like that. When I realized the inventive and vocally acrobatic weirdo on my friends' jazz cds was the same guy I had seen on BET once, I was anxious to see what this daring young musician with jazz sensibility would do to modern R&B.
I still don't know what to think. The subject matter of his songs is standard fare, and although his beats are very creative, they don't seem too daring, but maybe I'm missing something. His vocals are all over the place, just like the flavor of a few of the tracks, like Queen of Sanity. It's not a predictable disc, but it is hard to decide whether its offbeat quality is genius or just the effected touch of an offbeat personality. I hear lot of brilliance in the music, especially in the prodigious scatting at the end of Love Poems, and this man's creativity seems boundless. I think he has a lot more to say, and I think he has the potential to turn the hyped neo soul genre upside down.
It usually takes a long time for people to "get" an artist like this, even hard core jazz musicians, so advise everyone who knows music to give this guy a chance to prove himself.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing soul
Let me know what u think of my funk also.Thanks
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Asin: B00005ABN4


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Chapter One-Love Pain & Forgiveness
Average Customer Review: 4.58 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 May, 2001)
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With her full-throated alto and her world-weary tone, newcomerSyleena Johnson conjures up the sort of dyed-in-the-wool, down-home soulthat used to be par for the course. She comes by that soul genetically:Her dad is R&B legend Syl Johnson but hisbaby girl is no retro act. Her been-done-wrong anthems, told as achapter from a young woman's life, have the sassy attitude of today butare seasoned by a womanliness that is often AWOL from the more hipkid-driven R&B. Working with labelmates R. Kelly and Liberty City, Syleena hasmade a soulful CD that feels real and sounds lived through. --AmyLinden ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars--it's not too late to get this album
Syleena Johnson is a diva's diva. And this album can be considered as your mother's R&B record. That means that she would be better classified with Aretha, Gladys and Patti than with, say, Mary, Faith, and Tweet. Thankfully free of club-friendly tracks, Neptunes remixes, and guest rappers, this album contains that no-nonsense R&B that takes you back to the good ol' days.

The album is called Love, Pain & Forgiveness, with a heavy dosage of pain. Most of the tracks deal with heartbreak and confusion in a relationship, but Syleena, with her powerful alto and amazing vocal range, delivers these themes in a way that doesn't sound redundant or trendy. For example, "You Got Me Spinnin'" covers her feeling unsure of the downfalls her lover gives her. "He's Gonna Do You In" is a blues-like jam that tells the story of a few men who treat women wrong. She even does good on collabos, as the "24/7" guys Liberty City Fla. guest-stars on "You Said".

Most of the material is great but dark, so that's why the last two songs "I'd Rather Be Wrong" and "All of Me" give this album a much-needed vacation to love and happiness. While the R. Kelly-penned song "I'm Your Woman" ends weak with Syleena saying "I'm your woman, I'm your woman/Until we split up or something," obviously giving up altogether, this album should not be ignored any longer. Go out and get it.

5-0 out of 5 stars I NEEDED THIS!
I am seriously LOVING this CD!!! Syleena has the voice of an angel. I was going through some confusing things in my life and "Baby I'm So Confused" just really hit home with me, so it's my Favorite song. The entire CD is wonderful. I won't even attempt to name all the great songs though because it would be listing most of the CD! Do yourself a favor and buy Syleena's album. You need it in your life! I know that I certainly did! I Love You Syleena! Thank you for a wonderful CD!

5-0 out of 5 stars Very well-rounded artist!
Sylenna has a very powerful voice for her age. She is way ahead of her time. I truly appreciate Syleena's diversity and I pray that she gets more airplay because she is definatley underrated. ... Read more

Asin: B00005AWMY


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Songs in A Minor
Average Customer Review: 3.87 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (26 June, 2001)
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She may be beautiful, but Alicia Keys is a musician first andforemost. She plants herself firmly behind the piano keys on her debut,unlike many of the booty-waggin' junior divas who are crowding the R&Bvideoscape these days. Though many of the tracks on Songs in AMinor are embellished with adolescent angst, this 20-year-old'ssubstantial, gorgeously soul-drenched alto putties the cracks betweennotes with astonishing ease. "Fallin'," the album's first single,showcases Keys at her best. She wails plaintively and passionately overrolling blues chords, in the tradition of the greats that this youngtalent clearly wants to align herself with--Stevie Wonder,Donny Hathaway,and Aretha Franklin.She swoops and soars over the spicy, flamenco-fueled melody that opens"Mr. Mann," one of the many winning tracks gathered here. And she digsdeep into a remake of the beloved Prince B-side, "HowCome U Don't Call Me Anymore?" packing more heat into her melismaticwails than most singers twice her age. --Sylvia W. Chan ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Believe the hype, honey is all that!
You might be hating Alicia Keys right now. Her first two singles "Fallin'" and "A Woman's Worth" are dope but overplayed. She was all over Angie Stone's "Brotha" remix so much that you thought it was Alicia's song. But deep down you know that she's got talent; talent that goes beyond your typical BET video girl singing trendy lyrics while doing some corny dance moves.

If you've been living under a rock and haven't copped her album Songs in "A" Minor, do it now. This impressive debut features such moving songs as "Goodbye" (my personal favorite), "Rock Wit U", and "Jane Doe" (co-produced by Kandi formerly of Xscape). And though she's more than capable of holding it down for dolo, she even shines on her duet with labelmate Jimmy "She's All I Got" Cozier on "Mr. Man". That song is good for the guitar-driven melody alone.

Usually, when someone covers a Prince song, it comes off wack. But Alicia's version of "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore" is a good attempt. I still like the original better, but Alicia gets an "A" for effort here.

Though towards the end of the album things get a little dreary amd some of the production starts to drag, the hidden bonus track lifts spirits up again and reminds you why you picked this album up. Having almost produced, written, and sang everything by herself, this album will have you anticipating Alicia Keys's next work.

1-0 out of 5 stars Great CD! High recommendation!
Great Cd! I do think some of the lyrics could have been better. The profanity in it was not necessary at all. she can express herself better with out it. the top 10 songs on the cd are:

10. Caged Bird
9. Jane Doe
8. Mr. Man
7. Womans Worth
6. Butterflyz
5. How Come U Dont Call Me
4. Girlfriend
3. Fallin'
2. Why Do I Feel So Sad
1. Never Felt This Way

P.S.: this is just from the top of my head and from my point of view. i didnt pick fallin as #1 because i wanted to give all of the other songs to stand out and to kind of come to your attention more. anyway, i think all of the songs are pretty good and i think it would be a great buy for you or a friend!
i also highly recommend her 2nd cd.

5-0 out of 5 stars KEEP LISTENIN 2 IT
wen i 1st bought this cd, i didnt really listen 2 the songs + just skimmed thro them, but wen i actually sat down + listened to it properly and the words, i couldnt believe i had actually even considered this was "rubbish". Alicia talents could not have shined thro more amzazingly + beautifully. Everythin from the lyrics to the beat of the songs themselves, are written so soothingly.
Theres a real calmness 2 this album, so if ur goin thro a stressful time + just wana wind down 2 som calming but cool sounds then this is an album 4 u!

HOPED MY REVIEW HELPED U MAKE THE RITE CHOICE! *** ... Read more

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No More Drama
Average Customer Review: 4.15 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (28 August, 2001)
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Anyone who's purchased one of Mary J. Blige's albums understands that the "queen of hip-hop soul" would much rather push artistic envelopes than lick 'em. With No More Drama, her enlisting of hip-hop's finest beat-makers to create lush musical soundscapes is nothing short of genius. On the Dr. Dre-produced "Family Affair," Blige implores the club set to "get crunk 'cause Mary's back" as she introduces some new slang to the hip-hop vernacular ("holleration"). "Steal Away" is a classic Neptunes-induced head-nodder in the "Love Is All We Need" vein, as Pharrell Williams chimes in a Curtis Mayfield-like falsetto. Those who like their R&B straight might be offended by the acoustic guitar solo by Lenny Kravitz on "PMS," or the album's title track, which samples the theme from The Young and the Restless soap opera. But listen to "Where I've Been" (a redemptive tale of Blige's not-so-rapid ascent from the 'hood, featuring guest raps from Eve) and the Missy Elliott-assisted "Never Been," and misgivings vanish. Whereas past Mary J. efforts were limited to tales of relationships gone awry, her outlook is more diverse and upbeat, while her scratchy, bluesy vocals have become more expansive, too. She raps on "Love," scats on "Beautiful Day," chats on the a cappella "Forever No More," and caps No More Drama with a string of uplifting ballads ("2 U," "In the Meantime"), neatly polishing off a release that will stand as one of the best of 2001. --Dalton Higgins ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars 3 1/2 Actually.........Above Average Album
I love me some Mary J. Blige but i must say I was quite disappointed by this release. When I first listened to it I only liked about 2 songs so I put it in the book and forgot about it. I jsut now picked it back up and it is better than when I first listened to it. Heres a breakdown of each song:

1. Love- Tight way to begin the album I like this- 4

2. Family Affair- tight track by Mary even though it is a bouncy track it is still good. hateration lol-5

3. Steal Away- Wack Beat dont like the vocals either-2

4. Crazy Games- Ok listenable-3

5. PMS- Tight track this is classic Mary J. Blige-5

6. No More Drama- Back to Back Classic tracks Amazing song-5

7. Keep It Moving- Average-3

8. Destiny- Wack-2

9. Where I've Been (featuring Eve)- didnt like it at all-2

10. Beautiful Day- fourth lackluster track in a row and after two classics too.........-2

11. Dance For Me- Tight song another club type song-4

12. Flying Away- Average song more of a filler song than anything-3

13. Never Been- Classic-5

14. 2U- mediocre beat dont like the vocals either-3

15. In The Meantime- Another tight joint-5

16. Forever No More-good poem

17. Testimony- excellent way to end sounds like it was left off of Mary-5

Overall youre getting a mixed package. Some really great songs sandwiched in between some particularly wack and filler songs. It is worth purchasing though if you are a Mary fan. This is a solid release for the Queen. Buy this!

5-0 out of 5 stars There's Something About Mary!
Mary returns with NO MORE DRAMA, her first album since 1999's multiplatinum release MARY. This is the second album in a trilogy that started with MARY. NO MORE DRAMA is a more upbeat, carefree and fun album. Mary wants you to dance, and to forget your problems. Witness the first single Family Affair, one of the hottest R&B/hip hop tracks of the year, produced by Dr. Dre. The album also features Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, who have had most success with Janet Jackson. As well there are Neptunes, Missy, and many other producers. Dance For Me actually runs in a similar vein as Family Affair, forget your problems, be free, dance and have fun. Mary relates to her fans in songs like PMS and No More Drama. Where I've Been features Eve, one of the album's highlights. Overall, I couldn't tell you how good this album is. It is just as good as MARY, which I believed to be one of the best albums ever, if not is surpasses it in many ways. This album is fun to listen to, so get crunk, put it in the CD player before you go out to party, and just set your body free with the great beat pumpin.

5-0 out of 5 stars Oh No More Drama! No more!
Mary's single No More Drama makes the listener both admire and cringe at the conditions of abusive and low-self esteem relationships. Her lyrics applies very well to the audience who suffer drama in the sense of abuse and depression, as well as to those who have risen above their personal problems and happily continue on for the better. This piece of work is beautiful as Mary J Blige comes off with a very fresh look and "real" talent. She is an admired artist for both young and old. Excellent work. ... Read more

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Miss E... So Addictive
Average Customer Review: 4.12 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (15 May, 2001)
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After a long winter of discontent, So Addictive finds Missy Elliott hoping to initiate hip-hop's summer of love. Miss E's third album is dosed with feel-good flavor and has more guests than the VIP section of the hippest hip-hop hot spot. Buddies Method Man and Redman bark across the bridge of "Dog in Heat"'s canine funk. Jay-Z and Ludacris feature on two different versions of "One Minute Man"'s scathing soul. Synths tweak and creak in rhythm as Missy unleashes a dreamy diss of those hopeless suitors who unload their cargo before they've sparked her ignition. "Take Away" features Pony man Ginuwine on a hypnotic slow-burner heavily reminiscent of Art of Noise's "Moments in Love." When left to her own devices, as she is on "Lick Shots" (which jangles like Django Reinhardt on downers), Missy comes on like Schooly D, a fearless, female gangsta licking shots against anyone who dares cross her. On "Scream a.k.a. Itchin'" she breaks into a soprano. A 4/4 stomp is stamped indelibly across the ecstasy-holler song "4 My People" (featuring Eve). Overall, it feels as if producer Timbaland has muted his experimental leanings on this outing with his favorite muse in favor of submersible club tracks. Musically, the bhangra beat bop of "Get Ur Freak On" is the standout. The spiral timing of "Whatcha Gon' Do," the fret-skipping "Slap! Slap Slap!" (featuring Da Brat), and the sunken, drunken funk of the not-so-subtle X-hex "X-Tasy" are tied at a close second. --Chris Campion ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars So Addictive
After being knocked for Da Real World ( where Timbaland dropped some of his best beats) and it being so dark she returns with the fun almost freestyle like style of the Supa Dupa Fly album. At first when I heard this cd I thought it was mad wack and that Missy and Timbo had fallen off HARD. But for some reason I kept on listening to it and like the title states I became extremely addicted. I couldnt get enough of it. I even repeatedly listened to the intro( a rarity where the intro is good).

the obvious hits Get your Freak On, and One Minute Man and the remix are definitely classic Timbaland. The BEST song has to be Lick Shots with an unbelievable bassline and Missy's playful lyrics. Old School Joint is surprisingly very good with Missy singing and makes you want to hit the dance floor for real. The slow jam Take Away feat. Ginuwine doesnt take anything away from this album and adds a nice change of pace. The Bus A Bus interlude and Whatcha Gon Do sports amazing beats by timbaland. Step off, x-tasy is the bom bom zee. definite satisfaction. Slap, Slap, Slap feat. Da Brat adn Jade is one of the better songs with Da Brat again dropping an impressive verse. Da Brat has been on point lately. The Lil Mo interlude and the bonus gospel songs are some raw singing songs and come off well. The only lackluster song is Scream.

This is a 5 star album with one wack song. Plus the intro and the interludes are worth listening to, something that has NEVER BEFORE been done. I am impressed with this cd. It will be in rotation for A LONG TIME. At least until she drops another album. go Get it you will not regret it.

5-0 out of 5 stars So Addictive
1.Intro-The right intro to start off the cd.
2.Dog in heat-A hot song with Redman it's even better.
3.One minute man-She took a average song and Missied it.
4.Lick shots-A crazy song that you can dance to and laugh with
5.Get ur freak on-A totally different song.Only Missy and Timbaland could come up with.
6.Scream-I like the beat it's a head banger.
7.Old school joint-It's okay but pretty boring after listening to it a couple times.
8.Take away-Definelty a ordinary ballard, but still it's good.
9.4 my people-This is a track you'd expect from Missy.Good.
10.Bus-a-bus(intro)-Funny
11.What you gon' do-I like the beat and the lyrics.
12.Step off-This is my favorite song. The lyrics Missy says aren't what I like, but the beat and Tweet's voice make it my favorite.
13.X-tasy-A good song, can be boring after a while too.
14.Slap!slap!slap-I like everything from Missy's verse, to Da brat's verse, to Ms. jade's voice, to Timbaland's voice over a hot beat.
15.I've changed(intro)Lil' mo and Missy make a great intro.
16.One minute man(remix)-They should have changed Missy's verse, beacuse after listening to the first one w/ Ludacris you'll end up skipping the track because Jay-z is at the end of the song.
THIS CD LIVES UP TO ITS NAME.

4-0 out of 5 stars This One ReallyGrows on You
I bought this used CD to indulge my love of "Get Ur Freak On" and "One Minute Man" and after I got tired of them I put this away for two years. Then one day I put it on and I guess I was finally ready for it, because it no longer sounded like 2 hits and an album full of filler. Every song on here is good and I would have to say this is her best album so far. It is loaded with guest stars and plays like the perfect soundtrack to a night at the club. Missy seems to secretly want to be a singer because she does a little singing on every album and is quite good.Though not as good as her special buddies Tweet and Lil' Mo, who supply gospel and soul on demand. Timbaland comes through with his usual innovative production and the album even has 2 great hidden gospel style tracks that I just recently discovered.
This album is both right on time and ahead of it's time. One for the ages. ... Read more

Asin: B00005J7GF


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Tunin' up & Cosignin'
Average Customer Review: 4.62 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (30 October, 2001)
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5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing -Soulful-Jazzy!
This album is easily comparable to some of the hottest neo-soul/jazz type albums out on the market right now. The unique and powerful voice of N'Dambi meshes wonderfully with the music on this CD which is just off the hook...."Bitter Bitter Blue" "Crazy World" and "Call Me" and "Ode to Nina" are standouts in my opinion but there is so much tha I'm sure something else is bound to be someone else's favorite. I recommend this for anyone who is feeling great music right now and for anyone who cleans up their junky house on a Sunday afternoon and needs excellent background music to flow to. We all need help when it comes to scrubbing bathroom tubs and washing dishes and what a helluva way to get it done. Buy this CD now.....

Mister Mann Frisby'
Author of 'Blinking Red Light'

5-0 out of 5 stars Neo Soul/Jazz fusion at its best......
If you are a fan of Neo Soul or Acid Jazz, this album is for you. Insightful lyrics blessed with live instrumentation mix for a great sound. N'Dambi is one of the most gifted artists on the scene today; it's a shame her albums have been overlooked by the mainstream. Her previous release, Little Lost Girl Blues, was a true Neo Soul masterpiece; and was in my opinion the most slept on album of the last 2 years. Tunin' Up and Cosignin' is a slight departure from the Neo Soul ranks; as N'Dambi explores her Jazz roots. The double disc set starts with a brilliant Nina Simone cover, and continues the vibe with similar jazz pieces. Although the bulk of both discs is previous material, she deftly breathes new life into it with infectious grooves from her band. One gets a sense that these artists play solely for the love of the music. Most of the songs are uptempo, intermixed with a few slower grooves, but the blend is captivating. I HIGHLY recommend purchasing this album, and if you can find it, her first album, Little Lost Girls Blues. You won't be disappointed!

5-0 out of 5 stars Old shcool in a new world
This is, by far, the inner and beutiful disc i've heard in the lastest months. It has, a very profund impact when heard with very atencion, hte lyrics are simply amazing, talking about the daily life dramas in several mood states, like jazz, blues, soul, funk, gospel, and so on.... Here is an artist I love to know personaly, because I'm also a musician, and I sing with tje same concept as her, like the relations with life, god, and obviasly with each other. N'Dambi, congratulions!!! ... Read more

Asin: B00005Y7E0
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Subjects:  1. Pop    2. R&B   


Your Woman
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (17 April, 2001)
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Anchored by a greasy wah-wah guitar and pushed along by ano-nonsense, finger-wagging attitude, "Heard It All Before" is the sort ofscorned-woman anthem that even dawgs can dig. Credit Macy Grayprotégé Sunshine Anderson, who on her debut injects R&Bwith gritty sass and breathes some old soul life into the game. With aslurred, slightly off-key voice that recalls Mary J Blige,Anderson unleashes little soap operas in which good women are in searchof good men, and how those men ultimately fail them. In true soul-mamastyle, Anderson is at her fiercest when she is at her most rejected,and that determination elevates even some of the iffier material hereinto triumph. --Amy Linden ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars We haven't really "Heard It All Before"
After hearing the song "Heard It All Before" on the radio for atleast 5 to 10 times, I didn't know that Sunshine Anderson was the singer until I saw the advertisement for her CD on BET. I liked the song a lot and I knew I would pick this CD up on it's release date. After listening to this CD, it sounds like Sunshine is a seasoned artist and I know that people that like r&b music will enjoy her debut CD. The CD starts off with the uptempo songs but gradually gives you the midtempo and slow songs as well. The majority of the production is handled by Mike City and all the music is produced by Beat Brokas' Ent. After you listen to "Your Woman" 2 or 3 times, you will be reminded of Mary J. Blige's "What's The 411" and Faith Evans' "Faith", in my opinion. That is not a problem though, because Sunshine does have a distinctive sound throughout the CD. Just as India Arie's "Acoustic Soul" demonstrates, it's nice to hear some down to earth, positive r&b music. My favorites so far include "Where Have You Been", "Lunch Or Dinner", "Last Night" w/Anthony Hamilton & Dolo Pichino, "Being Away" & "Crazy Love". Although all of her songs make the grade, I will give a slight advantage to the slow and midtempo songs on this CD. Overall, Sunshine Anderson has a nice debut on her hands and should have a brilliant future as a singer.

5-0 out of 5 stars Talented Lady
Newcomer Sunshine Anderson has a goldmine here, with her album YOUR WOMAN. Sunshine provides a type of soul which has been absent from R&B in the past few years. YOUR WOMAN features some excellent R&B songs which people will just love. The record company has a hit here, so why aren't they promoting her? Well you might wonder the same thing when you listen to this cd, its amazing and its also amazing that she isn't being promoted with this great material. Take the first single which was a hit "Heard it all Before" a song about hearing the same excuses and lies over and over again from a lover. Its a great song, definately one of the best on the cd. "Lunch or Dinner" the second single, is another great song, and a missed opportunity to be a hit. The songs here deal with real issues people, relationships, love, things real people deal with. Other highlights include "He Said, She Said", "Better Off", "Where Have You Been" and "You Do You". If you are an avid R&B fan I would reccomend this CD to you, if you miss out this is truly a missed opportunity for you.

4-0 out of 5 stars Hip-Hop-Soul
I read all the reviews, and nobody mentioned that is has a Hip-Hop Soul vibe to it. What people fail realize on this review messageboard is that the music industry is seriously lacking Hip-Hop-Soul and Hip-Hop as a whole. See Mike City (the producer of this Sunshine album) is getting slept on lovely =(
Here's the list of Hip Hop Soul albums of lately that I'm feeling:
1/2. Carl Thomas - "Emotional" (2000)
1. Amerie - "All I Have" (2002)
2. Sunshine Anderson - "Your Woman" (2000/2001)
3. Donell Jones - "My Heart" (1996)
4. Usher - self-titled debut (1994) and 8701 (2001); the Confessions CD should go take a nap.
5. Yvette Michele - "My Dream" (1997)
6. Soul For Real - "For Life" (1996) and "Candy Rain" (1994/1995)
7. Mary J. Blige - "Whats The 411" (1992), "My Life" (1994),
"Mary" (1999) [good comeback CD for her]
8. Faith Evans - "Faithfully" (2001) [good comeback CD for her career], "Faith" (1995) and NOT kEEP THE FAITH..THAT WAS HER WORSE CD (even though she had a couple of joints on it)
9. Davina - "Best of Both Worlds" (1998)
10. Leschea - "Rhythm & Beats" (1997)
11. the first Jill Scott CD (1999)
12. Angie Stone's 2001 "Mahogany Soul" CD
13. Frankie - "My Heart Belongs To You" (1997) [before Musiq Soulchild, there was Frankie...he told the Al B Sure vibe to the neosoul/hip-hop soul level - reminds you of a younger version of Musiq]
14. J. Lo - "That Was Me..Then" (2002) [everybody hates J Lo but this is her best CD and it was a Hip Hop Soul CD cuz she worked with mad NY producers] - I don't judge people's music and their personal life the same way so go figure.
15. Veronica Vasquez - "V..As In Veronica" (1995) and "Rise" (1997) [she got slept on crazily!!! Sounds like J Lo with vocal training -- she should be eating on that Boricua diva soul plate, not J Lo even though J Lo's last CD was bangin]
16. J. Quest - "The Quest Is On" (1995) [I'm trying to figure out if Frankie J. and J. Quest are the same artists with different names...because they are both Latino and sound the same when singing].

Peace \/ ... Read more

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Run Come Save Me
Average Customer Review: 4.32 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (18 September, 2001)
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While the debate rages about why a country as large and multicultural as England has yet to produce a noteworthy MC, Roots Manuva makes a strong case that a contender has arrived. On "Witness 1 Hope" (hands down, the best cut on the album) and "Article," Manuva drops some clever Jamaica-meets-Brixton, patois-inflected rhymes over producer Lord Gosh's otherworldly beats and sci-fi sound effects. Innovative, this album is. Jurassic 5's Chali 2na's thick baritone adds some Left Coast flavor to "Join the Dots" as Manuva waxes about South London life. This release captures a unique snapshot of black British musical tastes with equal parts funk, dub, roots reggae, electronica, and hip-hop. Check out "Highest Grade," a dub pro-weed anthem, and "Sinny Sin Sins," which focuses on Manuva's run-ins with religious types ("Do I need a middleman to link with the Creator?"). This album is for freethinking hip-hoppers who appreciate Outkast and crave exposure to authentically futuristic beats and Afrocentric, avant-garde ghetto rhymes. --Dalton Higgins ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Classic UK Hip-Hop
This is a classic piece of UK hip-hop, as is Roots Manuva's other album. All the tracks on it, with the exception of 'Trim Body', are great and do not tire after several listens. Of note are the tracks 'Sinny Sin Sins', which attacks organised religion and the hypocrisy associated with it, 'Evil Rabbit', which is slightly strange but great to listen to despite that & the almost obligatory ode..., 'Highest Grade'. We all know it had to be done.
Comparisons to Wyclef Jean made earlier, in my opinion, all missed the point (no disrespect). You don't need to tear down the 'Clef to make Manuva good: he can hold his own. I like 'em both, meself, they both innovate, in different styles, and you may call Wyclef a sell-out, but that was the best Pepsi advert I EVER SEEN. It almost made me want to drink it, honest!
Interestingly, a few UK headz have been aiming criticism at Manuva for this CD. To some of the underground UK scene, he's gone commercial!
I seen the words wit' my own eyes.

Anyhow, this is damnably good music, and if you want some more decent UK hiphop, then check for Blak Twang, Skitz, Phi-Life Cypher, or Mark B & Blade. For your information, of course.

4-0 out of 5 stars Colonic Irrigation
When you hear this album as a hip hop fan it is like getting a colonic, it get rid of all the s%@t and leaves you feeling like a new man. Uk hip hop is where its at presently and Roots manuva is at the fore front. Witness has to be my favourite track maybe of all time and if you get the chance to see the video consider yourself privileged. His ryhmes are so original and at times so out there you just cant help having a big smile on your face as you light up a bifta kick back and listen to this classic. Only reason I didn't give it five stars is I can only see him getting better and with a new album in the pipeline I dont want to run out of stars.

5-0 out of 5 stars Classic, best Hip Hop album of 2001
I cant say enough about how wicked this album is. I'm a caribbean new yorker and visited England in 99 when his debut was released, "Brand New Second Hand". I had heard of him before from Ninja Tune cuts, but his album was over my expectations. I have to big up my brothers in Brixton and other parts of London who showed me much love when I came. I didnt know anyone and they made my trip worth it, unlike the anglo saxon people who walk around London with their nose so high I have to wonder if their head hurts from looking down at everyone so much. Otherwise England was great, Roots Manuva is a great representative of the Black musical scene in London. His contributions to the international stage of hip hop will hopefully rival England's best contribution to hip hop, the Ruler Slick Rick. ... Read more

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Experience: Jill Scott
Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
Audio CD (20 November, 2001)
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Anyone who's seen Jill Scott live knows she's the real deal--a down-home diva more concerned with working a melody or getting her groove on than Britney-fied glitz or Badu-style pride. So it's no surprise that the singer's warmth translates beautifully on Experience, a collection of 11 live tracks recorded at Washington D.C.'s Constitution Hall, plus 6 previously unreleased cuts. With the Headhunters-esque intro of "A Long Walk" that opens the double disc, Scott and her more-than-capable backing band, Fatback Taffy, establish a heartfelt rapport with the audience that comes through not only in their reinterpretations of the singer's tunes, but in the pauses in between. This is apparent throughout, like when Scott notices a pregnant woman in the crowd and says with a giggle, "I see that baby in that belly over there--what's that baby doing?" Or when the Philly native belts the bridge on "Love Rain," intoning the line "You broke me, but now I'm healing" in lush, redemptive timbres. As for the new studio tracks, Scott offers up a set of solid originals that should leave fans plenty satisfied till her new album drops. Tracks like "Gimme," a funk-heavy dance track, and the drum & bass-driven "Gotta Get Up," are about as infectious as they come, while "Be Ready" features Scott's voice at its most gorgeous, her rich alto punctuating the song's syncopations with grace and ease. --Sylvia W. Chan ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars ONE OF IF NOT THE BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR
First, off I never bought words and music untill last july and did'nt think it was as great as a lot people did sure it had some good songs but at the time I was listening to bilals cd almost daily and wasn't feeling this one as much. So i was not going to buy it till i saw it was a live double cd for the price of a single.Well had I not i would have missed the best record of the year I cant count how many times this last week i have listened to it and still go to sleep about every night to it. A warning though if you are offended by lyrics get the clean version when I bought it I could not imigaine why it had a sticker, But after hearing thickeness I knew why, so if you have senstive hears get the clean version that is the only reason the cd has a sticker other then that it could be played in the presence of the whole family. THSIS CD MAKES ME WANT TO SEE JILL LIVE, BUY IT YOU WON'T REGERT IT.

5-0 out of 5 stars Jill Scott is the woman!!
Yeah, Yeah, I'm not a avid fan of today's R&B but I picked up this LP for my girlfriend as a gift plus she is a big fan of Jill. Anyway, she loves it!!!! She plays it everyday of the day. Well I listened to it and I have to say that my girl should be excited about this LP because it is very, very good. To those who feel "it's a live album, you heard those songs before", has the right to feel that way, but we never heard it live (especially if you haven't seen her live to perform. The album captures all the essence of Jill on stage, singing, or just giving us a deep thought provoking poetry, plus giving us unreleased until now material. I don't know the songs by name like that but from beginning to end I kept listening and enjoying it. She is a true artist and I know she will continue to florish!!! This LP is a winner!!! So, stop playa hatin' those of you who feel that she shouldn't have a live album yet!! Jill didn't win Grammys for nothing!! You can't stop the shine!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Off the CHAIN!!!
I knew I had to get Jill Scott from DAY ONE! Her music as they classify it, is neo-soul. The girl is off the hook. I had to force myself to stop listening to her CD. The CD is so tough that even 10, 20, 30 years from now I will pop the CD in and listen to it, like its brand new. Jills Scott music is deep, its not just some artist making up songs for people to dance to. She wants you to feel what shes feeling, and believe me, she sings her heart out. The LIVE CD and the 1st CD ARE THE BOMB. I do find myself listening to the live CD more. Its a RARE to find a CD where you like every single track.. Jill..when is the next CD coming out?? ... Read more

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