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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old Jul 25th, 2003, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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MUSIC- new Mya and Monica albums!!!

I thought i'd give a quick review of both albums for anyone thinking of getting them.

MONICA-"Ater The Storm"

This highly anticipated 3rd album from Monica is the follow-up to her 1998 album "The Boy is Mine".Back then, Monica was the reigning teen queen of R&B with no.1 billboard smashes with "The First Night" and the duet with Brandy,"The Boy is Mine".I've been a fan of Monica for a very long time so I couldn't wait to get my hands on this album.Its taken 5 years but was it worth the wait? well...the first thing that struck me when i listened to this album is that Monica definitely sounds VERY grown up now, gone is the innocent,squeaky-clean american teen from her last 2 albums.Of course, this transformation is normal as Monica is no longer that 18 year old from her last album.Missy Elliot-produced tracks such as "Get it Off" and "So Gone" show off the new mature,grown up Monica where she even trys rapping...and pulls it off!!!Monica even duets with bad boy rapper DMX on the sizzling hot track "Don't Gotta Go Home".
Stand-Out tracks on this album are: Get it Off
So Gone
Don't Gotta Go Home
Breaks My Heart
Hurts The Most
Meanwhile the biggest and best song on this album for me is the beautiful " I Wrote This Song".This song deals with a personal tragedy in Monica's life where her boyfriend commited suicide.
Overall, this is a classy,mature,sexy album with Monica's voice as sultry and awesome as ever.This album marks the transformation from the young teen singing big ballads to the super-confident and mature young woman who has gone all "street", the "drive-by" shooting intro signals this.With this album, Monica makes a very welcome return to music and regains her crown as the original "Queen of R&B" while kicking the other pretenders Beyonce and Ashanti to the curb!!!


MYA- "Moodring"

Mya is best known in the UK for her 2001 hit "Case of the Ex" and her 1998 smash "Ghetto Supastar" with Pras and Wyclyf."Moodring" is the follow-up to her 2000 album "Fear of Flying".Well the first thing I noticed from listening to this album was the lyrical content...I couldn't believe I was listening to Mya,the girl who usually looks so reserved and shy in interviews as almost every song on this album is sex-related and the lyrics do get a little pornographic at times.I feel there is too many tracks on this album,19,and the album would be alot better if it was cut down to maybe 12 or 13 tracks.Also, there are alot of songs that just plod along and are really quite bland.Saying this, the songs that are good on this album,tend to be amazing such as "Things Come&Go" and "You".Biggest let-down on the album is what will be Mya's new single to be released, "My love is like..wo". This song is very bland and easy to forget,a shocking selection for a comeback single in my opinion.
Stand-Out tracks - "Things Come&Go
"You"
"After the Rain"
The best song is definitely "Things Come&Go", a song which features Sean Paul and has cool reggae influences.
Overall though, I have to admit that this album is a disapointment and while Mya is trying to make the move to sound more mature and grown up on this album, she fails for trying too hard as the lyrics just sound too OTT sometimes and would even make Lil Kim blush.Meanwhile Monica on her album, carrys off the transformation with complete sucess.
So if y'all are wondering what album to buy this summer,make it Monica's "After the Storm",you won't be disappointed.
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I disagree. I think Monica's album is bland and boring, while Mya's is really sexy, jazzy, and grown up. All her songs sound different, have a different beat, almost fit a different genre. It isn't quite of the "must have" quality (like Christina's last album, which you absolutely must get if you don't have it as it is possibly the best album ever made), but still, it is definately a really worthwhile album IMHO. (certainly better than After the Storm )

As for the single, "My Love is Like...Wo", it is a really funny song. At first I didn't like it either, but after listening for a couple times, it really grew on me. I can't get it out of my head now . So go out and get "Moodring" and "Stripped" people .

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Is Christina's album really very good??? I wasn't a fan of "beautiful" but i liked "dirrty" and "Fighter".might be tempted to buy it....
mBoyle, what songs on Mya's new album do you like?? coz i find it difficult,except for the good ones i mentioned in my review, to distinguish one song from the other,quite alot of them sound the same.
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Who can stand to listen to Mya's elfin voice in the 1st damn place?????

She also looks like she needs a blood transfusion!
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Mya really bothers me now... Why did she go the slutty way? I mean, to me, that just cheapens her whole appeal.

And yes, Christina's album is amazing. I don't really like her, but I just bought the CD a few days ago.... the songs she has not released are wonderul. Cruz, Soar, I'm Ok, and my favorite of all Make Over are tremendous!!!!

I've heard some of Monica's CD...and honestly I wasn't too impressed. I've only heard that My Love is Like Woooooooooooooooooo song by Mya from the new disc and I was like Woooo, this is horrible.

I was expecting much more from her.
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Everyone actin like Monica hadnt put out an album in 5 years when she just had one out last summer that peeps slept on. But I also heard it wasn't that good anyway.

Neva have been feelin Mya even the who song.
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I love the Whoa song! I'm not a big fan of Maya but have come to realize she has more talent than I originally thought. I'm starting to like her now. I like Monica too. I haven't heard either album though.

I've heard this latest release of Christina's with Lil Kim on it (I think) I really like it its "very" RnB. Maybe if I see it cheap somewhere I'll pick up Christina's album.
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It's $13.88 at Best Buy
And I really recommend it - and I'm unbiased and not really a true fan of X-Tina's. It's some good stuff!!
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did anyone see Monica on 20/20?? She was talking about how her boyfriend shot himself in the head, right in front of her. She also said she used to date C-Murder
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did anyone see Monica on 20/20?? She was talking about how her boyfriend shot himself in the head, right in front of her. She also said she used to date C-Murder
No I didn't see that! How Terrible! He must of had controlling issues for him to do that. He wanted to mess up her life like his was apparently messed up. Was he on drugs? Whose C-Murder? Monica likes em thuggish huh?
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And now she's raising his daughter from a previous relationship.
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did anyone see Monica on 20/20?? She was talking about how her boyfriend shot himself in the head, right in front of her. She also said she used to date C-Murder
Chile I didn' see it but I heard bout it on the radio that she was gonna talk to Al Roker wife. The thing is that this story is so old now. I know it sad but I already seen Miss Monica talk about it on another show about 4 months ago and they been talkin bout on the radio for 2 years or sumthin. Miss Monica on the low was suppose to had a kid with Dallas Austin and that the kid was adopted by somebody form Monica family.
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Chile I didn' see it but I heard bout it on the radio that she was gonna talk to Al Roker wife. The thing is that this story is so old now. I know it sad but I already seen Miss Monica talk about it on another show about 4 months ago and they been talkin bout on the radio for 2 years or sumthin. Miss Monica on the low was suppose to had a kid with Dallas Austin and that the kid was adopted by somebody form Monica family.
dang, Dallas likes to father kids with his singers that he's working with don't he?

Anyway hears a good article about Monica.......

http://www.delawareonline.com/newsjo...pdatemoni.html

Music update: Monica

By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY
Associated Press
07/04/2003

The delays and false starts surrounding the release of Monica's third album, "After the Storm," are a minor bump in the road compared with the personal upheaval she's endured.

During the four years since the release of her two-million-plus-selling album "The Boy Is Mine," Monica witnessed her first love commit suicide, then saw an ex-boyfriend incarcerated on a murder charge.

Quite a load for a former teen R&B queen barely into adulthood. Yet the 22-year-old has emerged from personal tragedies with her serene demeanor, positive vibe and trademark sassy attitude intact.

She's also got a No. 1 album. Behind the hit single "So Gone," Monica's album debuted at the top of the charts, selling 185,506 copies its first week out, according to Nielsen Soundscan figures released by J Records.

There are no mournful songs on her disc - even the tune she penned about her ex-lover's suicide is an up-tempo groove that's both a tribute to him and an affirmation of her own life.

"The positive side is that experience in those things, and making it through, makes me feel encouraged about continuing on," she said during an interview at the J Records offices. "There's never been a time where I've said, 'I just can't make it.' "

That seems to be Monica Arnold's motto in life. The singer was just 12 when

she was discovered by fellow Atlanta resident (and big-time record producer) Dallas Austin. A year later, she had her first smash hit: "Don't Take It Per˝˝˝sonal (Just One of Dem Days)," a groove brimming with attitude that belied her young age.

"She was very mature, and even though she didn't have a record out, she already acted like a true diva," joked producer Carsten "Soulshock" Schack, who along with partner Kenneth Karlin produced some of her earliest hits as well as three tracks on her new album.

The hits continued for Monica over the years, from her Grammy-winning duet with fellow one-named teen singer Brandy, "The Boy Is Mine," to "The First Night." By the time she was 18, she was an established R&B princess with millions of album sales to her credit.

Yet despite Monica's glamorous world, the self-described homebody never went Hollywood. Keeping her connection to the streets is how she became close to Jarvis Weems, who had at one point been involved in drug trade.

The pair dated off and on for a couple of years, and were together at the time of his death. In fact, Monica was next to Weems when he shot himself to death. Weems was distraught over his brother's death; he was sitting in a car near the cemetery, where he had just visited his brother's grave.

The devastated singer spent the first few months afterward in denial and depression, later lessened by spiritual guidance from her mother and stepfather, a minister. Still, Monica doubts she'll ever recover.

"Afterward, I felt, 'What else could I have done?' You replay that situation over and over and you switch it around: 'Maybe if I had said this, or if I would have done that,' " she says.

Monica endured another crisis with an ex-boyfriend when Corey Miller - better known as rapper C-Murder, the brother of Master P - was charged with murder in the slaying of a teenager. Although Miller is in jail with no bail awaiting trial, the pair remain close

Given all the drama she had experienced, Monica wanted her upcoming album to reflect the serious tone her life had taken.

"I just wanted to give the people back something that had personal passion ..."she said.

Yet the first single released from the project was a fluffy dance track that borrowed its beat from Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T." It went nowhere on the charts. A follow-up song, "Too Hood," also got a lukewarm response. The album's tentative release was pushed back several times.

In addition, it was heavily bootlegged in Japan, according to J Records. That prompted Monica to go back into the studio and retool the album, with help from Missy Elliott, the album's executive producer

One tune from the old project that remains on the new disc is "I Wrote This Song," which speaks of her relationship with Weems.

"Sometimes the smallest things happen to an artist, and everything just crashes," Schack said. "She's found a way to deal with it."
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Thanks girl for the Monica article. I'm glad they was talkin bout the All Eyez On Me album cuz I wondered what happened. Miss Monica is cool but Miss Christina is the one who can really sang. I am feelin that song with her and Miss Kim.
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haven't heard the song with Christina and Kim...what is it called??
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