Keyshia Cole - A Different Me

2009-05-11 08:34
A Different Me
A Different Me is her third studio album and sees the urban soul siren embrace her femininity. As R&B lyrics go, this album is marginally better, lyrics like "I'm like a Sunday morning, you're like Friday night, and when we kiss it's the perfect weekend" ("This Is Us") are sung with girlish tenderness. "Make Me Over" is a jazzy number, while the upbeat "Please Don't Stop" and provocative "Erotic" are just dying for dance floor remixes.

While the old Keyshia was progressive, this new album is like an ode to the retro. The album is further dated with the use of an intro, outro and a couple of voice rovers in between, it becomes increasingly annoying the more you listen. Keyshia's good, but she's better when she's innovating rather than borrowing from the 90s.

Still, there are some big-name appearances. NAS adds his magic to "Oh-Yeah, Oh-Yeah". Monica helps out with "Trust" a duet reminiscent of the Brandy/Monica days, and 2Pac pops around for a posthumous collaboration on "Playa Cardz Right".

The 27-year-old Grammy nominated R&B singer-songwriter has been hitting up the charts since 2004 with her debut and follow-up album. Collaborations with heavies like Missy Elliot and Diddy, earned her four Grammy nominations in 2007/8.

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