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Complex Simplicity - Teedra Moses
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Complex Simplicity - Teedra Moses
Advantages: A couple of good tracks!
Disadvantages: A lot of poor tracks!
“Be Your Girl” is the first track on the album and sets the mood entirely for what’s to follow. It’s a cute, light and upbeat pop track with sultry backing music letting her voice shine through. The song basically tells of how she wishes she was a certain guy’s girlfriend who she knows but he doesn’t really seem to see how she feels – such a classic situation! “And I wonder if you even notice me, you gotta feel me, and I will love you boy, just wanna be your girl.” This is followed by the more mature sounding “You’ll Never Find” which was her second single release over in America and has a much more rounded r n b feel to it. It features “Raphael Saddiq” an American rap artist although his part in the track is actually kept to a minimum. The track is basically about how her man buys her all these gifts to keep her sweet but how she’s doubting how much she actually knows about him and his faithfulness, “You’ll never find a better woman or a bigger fool, Tell me what you know about breaking up and getting back together.”
“Caution” is the third track on the album and again creates a light, summer sounding r n b mood. It’s rather a self centered track when you actually listen to the lyrics which talk of how hot she is as a person and how “so to date me must be hot!” If only we all had confidence like that we’d be fine I’m sure. With respect to the track it’s a cute sounding song, with a constant beat to it and optimistic in mood but as for being memorable it is lacking a certain something, possibly length in that it’s only just over 2 minutes long. “Backstroke” is one of my favourite tracks of the album and distinctly Ashanti or Christina Milian sounding with that same sultry music and sexy vibe to it. She basically hates her guy but can’t seem to leave him due to there being “something in his backstroke” which to me is quite a vague expression. “I sit and think about all of the things that we go through, And I wonder why I stay with you, But there’s something in your backstroke and it keeps me yearnin’ you.” I really like this track; it’s catchy and will have you singing along in no time.
The fifth track on the album is “No More Tears” which has a deeper, hardcore sound to it in a sense. The story told by the track is basically how she deals with a relationship by getting high with her friends, fair enough! “Happy, sipping, puff and passing, Relaxing with my family, no more tears for you.” “Rescue Me” is another highlight of the album in my opinion and is the most ballad like track on the album so far. It’s rather non eventful in terms of progression and stays at the same slow speed throughout which can sometimes make me want to skip this track but overall it’s a pleasant love track. “I gave him good love, Made him feel like a man, Now I need someone new, And I want someone like you.” This is followed by “Take Me” where the opening sounds distinctly like a Disney film theme tune but I can’t quite put my finger on which one. Again it sounds like something that would have fitted in perfectly on Ashanti’s latest album with the same girly appealing touch to it yet still managing to be quite fresh. However the main difference here is that unlike Ashanti’s music this track never really seems to get going, it’s laidback throughout and I almost wish she’s added a bit of beat and liveliness to it. “Take me back to the day when you made me fall, I want to go I want to go, Make me feel like you did the very first time we ever touched, I want to go let’s just go.”
Finally with the track “You Better Tell Her” there’s some upbeat energy injected into the album with this r n b slash very soft dance track. The basic gist of the track is that another girl is talking about being with her man which worries her as it’s affecting her reputation, but she’s not overly worried as everything is in her name anyway – what a girl! “I don't give a damn what's real what's fake, What's truth what's lies, See darlin’ I don't feel it's relevant to me, I don't wanna know her name where you met, If see some crazy chick just stalking you, I don't care it's irrelevant to me.” This is followed by “Outta My Head” is quite slow at first and takes a while to get going but it is actually a pretty good track. The beat and lyrics are very catchy and you’ll soon be tapping your feet along in time. The whole song is sung at quite an up tempo beat despite the backing music being much slower which gives quite an odd hearing sensation really. It’s a track about heartbreak and how you just need to let go of an ending relationship, but how it’s not always that easy, “I think I’m going outta my head, cos my heart keeps yearning for you, Though I know that we are so dead, Gotta let it go.”
“For A Lifetime” is up next and is quite a mellow, relaxed track that is very soothing. It’s got a distinctly sad romantic feel to it and this is reflected in the lyrics, “Your guard’s up and your heart’s cold, This might be the one, But you will never know, You’re holding onto pain from so long ago, You gotta let it go you gotta let it go.” It’s quite a simple track and one that almost fades into the background of other, more energized tracks on the album. “Caught Up” follows on from this and returns to the more bouncy feel of the start of the album. She’s basically “caught up” in their relationship and wants it to remain that way forever, “I want to be none less than wifey, You half-arse the rest but you watch your step with me.” Teedra was meant to sing at her mother’s funeral but she was too upset to do so and instead choose to include the track on this album, “I Think Of You.” It’s a moving track that makes it all the more emotive as we know the reason behind it, but strangely personal that she should choose to include it on the album. It’s got a distinctly gospel feel to it as she was brought up in a gospel household, “I think of you and somehow I can make it through another day.” The last track on the album is “Last Day” and is quite a reflective track with strong links to the previous one. It’s not really a highlight of the album and I do normally skip the last two tracks. “If this was my last day here on earth, If this was my last day.”
So in conclusion I’d have to say that this album is a bit of a mixed bag of goods in all honesty. The first half definitely shines out above the second half of the album where the last couple of tracks are rather depressing and unmemorable. If you’re into your classic American, female r n b music then she’s certainly an artist to know the name of and look for in the future, however I personally found the album to be lacking life in a sense for the majority of the tracks. I do still listen to it occasionally but probably only about 5 or 6 of the tracks for the most part and therefore it’s getting 3 stars from me!
Summary: The first album release from r n b artist Teedra Moses.