Chapter 5: Underrated CD
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Grammy nominated R&B hitmaker and Kanye West, R. Kelly collaborator Syleena Johnson returns with all original new album w/special guest Tweet. Grammy nominated R&B hitmaker Syleena Johnson, noted for such hits as "Guess What," "I am Your Woman," "All Falls Down" (w/Kanye West), "Another Relationship" and "Down & Out" (w/Cameron/Kanye West), is hailed as one of the finest R&B singers to emerge during the past decade, appealing to both "old-school soul" fans and contemporary R&B fans. Her new album "Underrated," featuring such guest artists as Tweet and Malone, ranges from the soulful balladry of her first hits to banging club tracks.
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Ms Johnson hails from Illinois which I have no reason to hold against her
but with a voice as good as this she deserves an international audience.
Her new album 'Chapter 5 : Underrated' (and yes there were a previous five
chapters) is a cracking slice of rumbustious R&B to rank with the very best.
What a voice this lady has! Powerful, flexible, dark and smokey and just a
little dirty around the edges (in a nice way!) Whether in an uptempo stormer
like 'Fade Away', where she comes on all Chaka Khan with her stunning vocal
pyrotechnics, or a meltingly soulful ballad such as 'Like Thorns', bursting
with bruised emotion, she never misses a trick. I profess myself converted!
Truth-be-told the production is a tad thin and crispy here and there ('A Boss'
for example needs a far weightier bassline and something other than a bargain-
basement synth to pin it down!) Listening to a song as lovely as the liltingly
Latin 'Angry Girl', however, more than makes up for any sonic shortcomings and
if you shoot the pianist 'My Shoes' also yields up a truly classy vocal treat.
'The Champ' springs to the top of the pile as top track in my estimation. It's
a smouldering piece of late-night soul bursting with incandescent harmonies.
If it's a great voice you want rather than disco-diva posturing then look no further!
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She was a featured artist at a local Christmas party thrown by a hometown hero pro football player at the time and I even got her autograph. Imagine my disappointment when most people I talked to had never even heard the name, much less the dynamic body of music of this lovely, down to earth and beautiful woman.
Nevertheless, I purchased every CD faithfully, speaking of which, my favorite of them all being Chapter 2: The Voice, featuring one of my favorites of all time, the upbeat and inspiring, "Faithful."
But I digress. The other night my husband called me from work and said, "I know something you don't know."
I asked, "What?"
He said, "Syleena Johnson has a new CD out."
Immediately I ordered it, and it arrived yesterday. I listened to it on the way home, at home and when I awakened this morning. Immediate stand outs were the club bangers "A Boss" where she boldly claims her title of woman, wife and songstress and the simple need of a man who brings the same to the table. I fell in love with "Go Head," where she puts a wannabe Mack in his place and "Label Me" where she boldly addresses naysayers and invites them to get it right when they want to talk about her. Personally, I found I could relate most to the ballads, "Like Thorns" and "My Shoes" where she sings so beautifully and the lyrics so eloquently describe a love that takes you back and forth and forth and back. Coincidently, my husband pegged these would be my favorites, too.
As I played the Cd further, I was drawn to the ironically sensual, "Bad Person," reminiscent of the sultry tracks of Chapter 3: The Flesh. Her voice, soft and sexy, entices the listener to - as she sings - "go all the way."
The perfect end to it all was the final cut. As strong as its title, "Stone Wall" prefesses the unwaivering strength Syleena gained over 15 years and still possesses today.
Consistent and thorough, this CD is great for a long ride, a relaxing evening with a bottle of wine, or as the sountrack to a Girl's night Out. But don't get it twisted, the men will enjoy it was well. Here's a hint, peep the CD jacket. Leather pants and heels, my man, leather pants and heels.
Syleena is signed to Shanachie Records now, I see, where as her last CD, Chapter 4: Labor Pains came from her own label.
I sincerely hope that this label and this CD finally, finally brings Syleena the credit and acknowledgement that she truly deserves.
I would buy a million copies myself if I were a woman of privilege, however, I hope I contributed at least something, by purchasing the one and continuing to spread the word.