2 May

My major neglect of 2011 for the blog thus far has been my Album of the Week/Push Play section, particularly actually writing a write-up. It’s been a crazy couple of weeks! What can I say!

One of the albums that has been on rotation during this crazy time is Marsha Ambrosius’ Late Nights & Early Mornings. When the 1st single Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player) came out, i thought it was cool and catchy, but wasn’t my style, maybe the writing was too modern for me; i don’t want to ever be singing Kim Kardashian’s name. When the video for the 2nd single Far Away came out, they lost me. I think they visually expressed the song in a confusing manner, that just left everyone scratching their heads instead of feeling sadness or some other somber emotion. After that it took me a minute to give the album a chance.

I’m glad I did; i kept hearing great things about the project, so I had to give it a listen; my conclusion…they were picking the wrong songs! For me i find it difficult for a woman to make a song sexy, you know, those get you in the mood songs, but Marsha Ambrosius is able to do that in Your Hands, With You, and the album titled track Late Nights & Early Mornings. It’s not like I should be surprised though, Ambrosius did it for me when she was in Floetry with Say Yes.

And although her unique voice gets on my nerves at times, like in Lose Yourself, i like this 1st solo effort from Marsha. Not only is the songwriting introspective and in ways quite intimate, but HELLO, she attempted to redo Portishead’s Sour Times; amazing for that, good effort, Portishead’s vibe will always win though. Late Nights & Early Morning isn’t a masterpiece, but it’s a good nighttime, chill, maybe clean your room album that will make you reflect on relationships in various ways.

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