Marsha Ambrosius: Late Nights & Early Mornings

I think it’s safe to say that everyone was probably waiting for Marsha Ambrosius to leave Floetry and make a solo CD.  Well it’s finally here and it was actually worth the wait.  Who knows if we’ll ever get another Floetry CD, but after listening to Late Nights & Early Mornings, it really doesn’t seem to matter anymore. The album opens with the seductive (Come on/It’s cold outside/Raindrops fall/As do I…), appropriately titled “Anticipation (Intro).” The only complaint here is that the song does just what it was intended to do….leave you wanting more.

For those who follow Marsha Ambrosius closely, you may recall that she was originally supposed to work with Dr. Dre on her solo project. I’m curious to know how that collaboration would have turned out.  There is more of an R & B sound instead of the expected Neo Soul here.  But it still works and the music is no less enjoyable.  Arguably, the most edgy song on the CD is “Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player).  The concept is familiar: Ex-girlfriend is jealous of the new girlfriend and wishing bad luck on the ex boyfriend.  But the lyrics here are borderline stand up comedy.  The title track, “Late Nights & Early Mornings” is a Prince infused slow jam that will surely have you hitting repeat.

There really aren’t any negative things that can be said about the CD. Although I do have favorites on the CD, there’s nothing here that’s skip worthy.  You’ll even find a remix of the Michael Jackson hit “Butterflies (also penned by Ambrosius).”  Go check this out if you haven’t heard it already.  With all of the meaningless music hitting the airwaves these days, it’s nice to have a breath of fresh air with “Late Nights & Early Mornings.

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