Friends & Lovers CD (2014)

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Label RCA Records/sbme
SKU 266889570
UPC 888837763820
UPC 14 00888837763820
Format CD
Release Date 7/15/2014
Author Marsha Ambrosius
Compilation Appearance Persona
Compilation Appearance Loso's Way(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Story Never Told(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Bone Appetit
Compilation Appearance Careless World(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Careless World
Compilation Appearance Stoned Immaculate(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Stoned Immaculate (Amended)
Compilation Appearance INTUITION(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Good Music Cruel Summer(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Greatest Story Never Told C2:bread An(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Alone Together
Compilation Appearance Black Radio Volume 2
Compilation Appearance Days & Nights
Compilation Appearance Bet Presents Music Matters Vol 1
Compilation Appearance Bulletproof Picasso
Compilation Appearance COMPTON(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance All Love Lost
Compilation Appearance Black Radio Volume 2
Compilation Appearance Prisoner Of Conscious(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Wonder Years
Compilation Appearance Wonder Years
Technical Info
CatalogID 377638
Lable Name RCA
Released 07/15/2014
Original Release 2014
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 59m : 8s
UPC 00888837763820
Musical Guests
Dr. Dre
Charlie Wilson
Lindsey Stirling
Album Notes and Credits
Had it not been for fellow English singer Adele's 21, Late Nights & Early Mornings would have topped the Billboard 200 the week after its 2011 release date. Marsha Ambrosius' solo debut had staying power, too. One of its singles, "Far Away," was nominated for two Grammy Awards. While she continued to make occasional guest appearances, highlighted by spots on Robert Glasper Experiment's "Trust" and Daley's "Alone Together," Ambrosius took her time with Friends & Lovers. In a good way, it shows, as it contains another sizable volume of impeccable -- sometimes explicit -- slow jams. Front-loaded with a handful of euphoric ballads, including collaborations with Da Internz and the J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, the album is mostly about vulnerable but assertive sensuality. "So Good," "Night Time," and "69" creep and slink in stealth fashion, yet they linger in the memory as much as anything from the singer, songwriter, and producer's past. At an hour in length, the album isn't without imperfections. An update of Sade's "Love Is Stronger Than Pride" is muddled with an assortment of references, ranging from Jeru the Damaja's "Come Clean" (via Funk, Inc. and Shelly Manne samples) to a clashing Marcellus Wallace quote, while Dr. Dre's unmemorable guest verse is likewise peppered with allusions. The album loses a little more steam with a couple less stimulating, merely adequate numbers, such as a duet with Charlie Wilson. They're undoubtedly inferior to the likes of "Cupid (Shot Me Straight Through My Heart)" and "La La La La La." Even if the former didn't mention butterflies, it would evoke Michael Jackson at his most romantic. The dazzling latter, despite quoting Minnie Riperton, sounds more like a tribute to Teena Marie, with Ambrosius seemingly on the verge of singing about her third eye and subliminal chills. Both songs enliven the second half of a follow-up that's just as hot as the debut. ~ Andy Kellman
Disc 1
1 Friends & Lovers Intro
2 So Good
3 Night Time
4 69
5 Shoes
6 How Much More (Interlude)
7 Stronger
8 You & I
9 La La La La La
10 Cupid (Shot Me Straight Through My Heart)
11 Kiss & F**k (Interlude)
12 Love
13 Run
14 Spend All My Time
15 OMG I Miss You
16 Streets of London
Product Attributes
Artist Ambrosius,Marsha
Label Rca Records

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