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Rhythm-And-Blues of Love's Ups & Downs
on 30 August 2009
This is Amerie's Japan Import with bonus songs, diverse artwork, enhanced video, lyrics to all [including extra tracks], and obi-strip. The contents are the real beauty as they enhance the music listening experience. The entire album is a laid back to mid-tempo style focusing on the album's title throughout, "All I Have" and Why Don't We Fall In Love? For those who are struggling with single-hood, or the questions of love this is a fabulous sure to satisfy rhythm-and-blues album. This Import adds the featured artist Ludacris plus a mix and video definitely hot!
Every song touches the feelings of love being so hard to understand. This has an array of issues very easily relate-able and most definitely "unique" on its presentation as it does not bash men, trash the other woman, or have negativity. It has positive vibes throughout spotlighting romance, love, and even referring to God's love.
The first bonus track "Why Don't We Fall In Love (Main Mix Featuring Ludacris)" [3:31] has Ludacris introducing the song with fabulous rhymes typical of his "signature" style. Amerie's vocals show inflections of going with the words as she sighs and says, "Why don't we, don't we/Why don't we, why don't we, why don't we fall in love?/... It's the only thing that matters to me/... Willing to swallow each and every ounce of my pride, my pride/". Ludacris' rap is on the lyrical booklet making it thus a rapper's/hip-hop's dream to rap along.
The second bonus track is, "Why Don't We Fall In love (Richcraft Remix) [3:36] presenting Amerie's sound without the rap and with added instruments. Not quite the tech-no/trance disco madness but more of a laid back R&B mix to bring the style "only" slightly altered. The vocals are conserved, the music is similar, and the beats maintain their direction. It's got a bit of retro 80s if you listen "extremely" carefully.
The beats are catchy, singable, and not filler throw away music like many R&B and pop artists that release "sexually" charged lyrics or non-meaningful writing songs. This has thought provoking writing, relate-able messages, and good life-lessons too. There's bounce, energy at times, and even funk in a blues way.
From track to track there's the questions of love. "Why Don't We Fall In Love" centering on the frustrations of love not quite coming the way imagined--something many singles and even couples can come across. Also very soothing and sensual is "Talkin' To Me" for it's references of how sometimes love can be a denial as the eyes cross paths and they say it all. The video is so nice, I recommend any interested person to view it --on this enhanced portion. There's a track toward the end that blesses and thanks God for being there, for not having to deal with the sadness alone but rather as a sign of good things to come. Uplifting and "in love" attitudes are also marked in songs like, "Need You Tonight" to name one.
Trying to let go of someone you fall deep with can be a "very" frustrating thing to go through. This album brings "Nothing Like Loving You" and "Can't Let Go" as just 2 to mention--that present how the "dream" is *so* nice thus asking: why does it have to say good-bye? In my life, off topic, I've had so many intense love romances yet they drift with no answers as I am left with the same questions, but what happened? This is that kind of album--letting you know you are not alone. There's the ups, the downs, the highs, the lows, but in the end it's all good because as the title states, "All I Have" --you've given it your best; it's all you have. That last kiss, that last embrace, that last memory, is really "all you have" to take, to learn, and to know it's a beautiful thing in the long run!