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  • Mine too^ Theyre beautiful songs, along with Hurts The Most, I Wrote This Song and Get It Off
    You said turn around so I cannot see your tears falling...

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    • Hey y'all! I'm just postin' up my review of the album I sent into UKMIX. It don't seem to have been put up, which is cool, just thought anybody who was thinking about buying it would want a different perspective.

      So anywayz, this is my review of "After The Storm"...

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      During the almost unbearable wait between 1998's "The Boy Is Mine" and 2003's "After The Storm", Monica grew up. She's now a woman, in control of her life, and for the first time, her career. Her voice is as soulful and classy as it always was only now, she's more self-assured. She's even got into writing and producing her own material and with close guidance from Clive Davis and Missy Elliott has extended her artistry to new levels. Musically, Monica was never a trendsetter - more of an edgier, better-styled improvement of already tried formulas, and she proves this again, here.

      "So Gone" featuring Missy is the first track lifted from the album and became Mo's first really big hit this millennium. It's Miss E-influenced, sample-laden backing intertwined with Miss Thang's gentle vocals sent this album right to the top of the Billboard charts upon initial release. Fans of old were glad to have Monica back and new listeners were eager for more. Thankfully, "After The Storm" delivers.

      Whether it's club bangers or intimate slow jams, Mo hits the mark everytime. Her voice is never strained, nor does she oversing her songs - her soul-drenched vocals are pitch-perfect and sung with conviction - especially on the album gem "I Wrote This Song" where Monica reveals a side to herself few knew about. Elsewhere on the LP, the stylish "Get It Off", slick "Ain't Gon Cry No More" and sultry "Go To Bed Mad" (with Tyrese) spotlight Mo's growing up, musically and personally.

      Even though the title is clichéd, the music is not. If you listen closely, her words ring true. She's documented her journey of self-discovery with "After The Storm", voicing it with sleek modern R&B that she seems right at home with, and it's Monica's personal and professional best.

      Best track: I Wrote This Song, So Gone
      Worst track: The intro!
      Baaaaad relationship??
      The lyric video for my new single TRIP THE ALARM here!

      ♬ Keen addictions, between afflictions, I guess I had it coming...

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      • Oooh, great review^ Though it doesn't have my faves highlighted it's still great! Awwww, I play this album so much
        You said turn around so I cannot see your tears falling...

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        • Great review Muzik!!!

          "After The Storm" would have to be my fave Monica album. There are so many tracks on there that I love!

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          • Good Review, but I thought the Intro was brill, one of the best Intro's on an album.

            But her best album is defo 'All Eyez On Me'

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            • Originally posted by abidhaq
              But her best album is defo 'All Eyez On Me'
              Agreed.
              Can't make decisions, I could use some more distractions today..

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              • You are so wrong. Her best album is her first album. All Eyez on Me was not even an official album.

                Originally posted by abidhaq
                Good Review, but I thought the Intro was brill, one of the best Intro's on an album.

                But her best album is defo 'All Eyez On Me'
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                • I persoanlly thought her first album was her weakest album out of them all.

                  my top 4 looks like this

                  1 All Eyez On Me (Every single song is superb, slow and fillers, superb is the only word to describe it)

                  2 The Boy Is Mine (Brill Album with amazing songs)
                  3 After The Storm (Excellent album with loads of banging tunes)

                  4 Miss Thang(Has some weak tracks, but overall GOOD)

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                  • This is my least favorite album of hers!

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                    • This album had that sass, not hood, and it made the music real. TMOM had that element to but it was not represented well by the first single choice.

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                      • I feel like this was supposed to be her classic album but it was just ok to me. The first half is amazing but the second half falls a bit. I Wrote This Song is such a sad song though...I get goosebumps everytime I listen to the end of it.

                        It's weird because all of Monica's album are good, but that it, they're just good. She doesn't have that critically acclaimed album that her peers have (such as Usher's Confessions, Brandy's Full Moon/Afrodisiac, Aaliyah's last album).

                        I think The Makings Of Me could've been it if it wasn't for that horrid ass first single. Well, atleast it's my top fav from her...but I guess some consider Still Standing as that magnus opus of her so...

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                        • Originally posted by ThaInfo1

                          It's weird because all of Monica's album are good, but that it, they're just good. She doesn't have that critically acclaimed album that her peers have (such as Usher's Confessions, Brandy's Full Moon/Afrodisiac, Aaliyah's last album).
                          Totally agree. And I think that's ultimately why she doesn't have the props that some of peers have. She's a phenomenal vocalist, and has some real gems in her discography but non of her albums have been a real wow moment or "classic R&B album"

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                          • I'm gonna go all out and say So gone is my most listened to Monica song then probably the first night (not including the boy is mine obviously)

                            I loved this album.

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                            • Originally posted by UKMusicLova
                              Originally posted by ThaInfo1

                              It's weird because all of Monica's album are good, but that it, they're just good. She doesn't have that critically acclaimed album that her peers have (such as Usher's Confessions, Brandy's Full Moon/Afrodisiac, Aaliyah's last album).
                              Totally agree. And I think that's ultimately why she doesn't have the props that some of peers have. She's a phenomenal vocalist, and has some real gems in her discography but non of her albums have been a real wow moment or "classic R&B album"

                              I have to say I agree with this. She always has a few great songs but can't seem to make a strong cohesive album.

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                              • I have to say only One Thing: MONICA IS THE BEST VOICE OF NOWDAYS! #newwhitney

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                                • Moving this to The Retro.
                                  Big.Big.Booty.

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                                  • Didn't know Kanye produced Knock Knock.

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                                    • Originally posted by ThaInfo1
                                      Didn't know Kanye produced Knock Knock.
                                      Yeah and was on the remix!

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                                      • So Gone, Knock Knock and Don't Gotta Go Home are my jams. The rest is meh.
                                        Floped and localed

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                                        • Her best album next to The Makings of Me.

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                                          • This grew on me but Missy was so annoying.

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