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In 1995 "Miss Thang" came out, and it was released as the debut album from the Georgia-raised R&B singer Monica. As an Atlanta native, and coming up when she did, it found her working with the same sort of producers which had worked in the past with the likes of TLC and Usher, making her music something which would have clear influences from the world of Hip Hop.
1. "Miss Thang"
As an opening track, we have a song which gives the listeners some kind of introduction to the artist as it finds that she gets down with one which truly represents what she as an artist as she does her thing with contemporary production which has lots of Funk driving it as she gets to work and lets people know what she's about.
2. "Don't Take It Personal"
Getting it in early, you have the track which really had her break into the R&B world, as this debut a single found her doing the same sort of Swing material which TLC had done around this time, but I would consider it much more effective as will a fresh face, it seems to come out of nowhere. It is a nice little one, and has her talking about the times where she simply can't be bothered.
3. "Like This and Like That"
This came as the second single and it sees her doing the same sort of Hip Hop-influenced work, and I felt that it was a strong way in order to keep the flow of the first few tracks on the album going in order to get the listeners excited for what else could come later on it. It is a fly number and you will like it if you like the one prior to it.
4. "Get Down"
I felt as though the this was one which initially appeared to be something much more than it actually was as it begins as a mid-tempo joint which has her doing a fly little tune, but in actual fact it doesn't rally get anywhere, and it all stays on the same level thought as she talks about the criteria which her men must adhere to in order to be with her.
5. "With You"
You see that the artist makes significant changes to her approach on this one as in spite of the fact that the production still has a gentle swing within it, the overall feel is a lot lighter, and it sees that the temp is lowered considerably as she does one which has her exploring the things which she enjoys engaging in with her man.
On this one you have a track which takes from here upbringing as a A-Town girl as she performs one which has her talking about the type of thing which she gets down to at the weekend. It is a freaky tune which takes on a little "Rapper's Delight" along the way as she gets down to the late seventies-styled groove.
Here you have a track which has here getting right into the swing of things as she performs one which clearly takes on some of the residual elements of New Jack Swing which were still trying to be worked into something which represented a progressive mid-nineties and something distinct from the 1988-1992 period, and I feel that to a degree, it was successful here.
8. "Woman In Me" (Lude)
9. "Tell Me If You Still Care"
This one is a cover, and it sees that she chooses to do a re-make of a joint by the Funk and Soul group, The S.O.S. Band, and I felt that although I wasn't familiar wit the original, a it was clearly going to be a well-written one, and she manages to make the most out of material to show her more soulful side.
10. "Let's Straighten It Out"
Here you see her performing another cover, and in this she takes things further back after visiting the eighties, she gets back to the seventies on this one, and you here how much more raw the general sound of things is as a result by taking influence by Latimore, the original performer, and it sees her doing it as a duet as she is joined midway through by Usher, who shows that he can do thins bluesy work too.
11. "Before You Walk Out Of My Life"
This was one of the singles form the album, but that doesn't necessary means that its going to be all that good, and this is the way I felt towards it at first, but I felt that as this one went along, it seemed to develop into an unforgettable tune from her which fins that she takes from the basic ballad form and transforms it into something much more lively through production which would have been heard in work from R. Kelly at the tie and some killer melodies.
12. "Now I'm Gone"
Here she begins to twist her approach as in this one she gets down into the slow and seductive work which has her getting down to very different work as she shows how diverse her music can be, and just what results can come of it. I found it to be an effective out, and it served its purpose in showing her smoother side.
13. "Why I Love You So Much"
Here she opts for a ballad, and I have to say that it was one on the album which I wasn't rally all that into as it appeared that she separated herself from all of the experimental work within the album for something pretty traditional and rather boring, and so it really threw me off for a short while as it wasn't connecting in the way which others did.
14. "Never Can Say Goodbye"
Here you have another light recording from her in order to put across how she is willing to explore this ballad work extensively in order to show that she is really able to do it, and do it well. I felt that this came through in the music as she came up with some of the best vocals throughout the album when attempting to one which has her performing in a much softer manner.
I saw this album as a pretty strong one from the artist, and although at times it falls a part a little as she tries out things which don't really fit in anywhere and perhaps try to take on too much. It is a strong when she shows how far she can take her voice, and she proves its diversity here to make it one worth a listen if you were down with R&B of this time.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Miss Thang
2 Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)
3 Like This And Like That
4 Get Down
5 With You
8 Woman In Me
9 Tell Me If You Still Care
10 Let's Straighten It Out
11 Before You Walk Out Of My Life
12 Now I'm Gone
13 Why I Love You So Much
14 Never Can Say Goodbye
15 Forever Always
16 Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)