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Angie Stone - The Art of Love and War

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Genre: Soul / Label: Stax / Release Date: 2007

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      09.06.2012 17:01
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      A great slowjam RnB album, almost relaxing in a way with that beautiful voice of hers.

      The thing i love about Angie is that she seems to have this beautiful voice, beautiful lyrics yet she skings slowed, relaxing RnB. Wuite frankly if i was her record label I would get her doing power ballads immediately, its more her style and because she hits the high notes so well her voice would be more suited there. She is loud, confident and on key all the time, in RnB you need a much softer voice but actually, she pulled this off quite well. Track 1 is a great sum up of what Angie is all about, soulful lyrics about looking back on life, occasionally going for the high notes with a slow RnB beat and claps every second beat. The run times for some of her tracks on this album are questionable, for example, track 2 is 4:50 and track 9 is 5:57 yet track 6 is only 1:22. A good consitent track time of 3-4 minutes is usually good enough for an RnB song, this isnt exactly prog rock. The instruments used in this album are very limited, a solid slow beat and occasional claps just like any RnB album, and the rest is digital effects and sample loops. The loops are again, basic, but have a significance in the song and do add a happy or sad feeling to the song. They set the mood and in track 5 when Angie is singing about something happy, there is a shimmering, jingling sound effect. Of course there are no vocal loops and since its all sung live onto the track by Angie, each chorus sounds different, and you can hear a different tone in her voice. They arent recording the chorus once then doubling it up over and over for several choruses. There is harsh language in this album, particularly on track 4 at around 1:30 and 2:28 where a word is repeated in the chorus but its used effectively, its not random swearing And not needed because its actually expressing raw emoitin here. The lyrics of this particular track are about going back in time and changing things because she is so sorry for all the bad things that happened. Very touching and thats what makes a good relaxing slowjam RnB track in my opinion. Based on her excellent vocals

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