Mf Life(Bonus Tracks) CD (2012)

Artist: Melanie Fiona

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 228884590
UPC 602527986630
UPC 14 00602527986630
Format CD
Release Date 3/20/2012
Author Melanie Fiona
Compilation Appearance Attention:deficit(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Attention:deficit
Compilation Appearance Tbd
Compilation Appearance Tbd(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Prisoner Of Conscious(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Sex Love & Reggae
Compilation Appearance Reggae Gold 2014
Compilation Appearance FLY INTERNATIONAL LUXURIOUS ART(Explicit Version)
Compilation Appearance Revelation Part 1:Root Of Life
Compilation Appearance Bet Presents Music Matters Vol 1
Technical Info
Producer Steve Rifkind; Michael Michel; Carmen Murray
CatalogID 2798663
Lable Name Universal Republic
Released 03/19/2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 68m : 2s
UPC 00602527986630
Musical Guests
John Legend
Album Notes and Credits
Recording information: 4220 Feng Shui Studios, LA; Body Music, Miami, FL; Chevy Shack Studios, Atlanta, GA; Circle House Studios, Miami, FL; Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank; Hollywood Hills Studios, Hollywood, CA; Losta Studios; Mix Studios, Ft. Lauderdale, FL; Summit Sound, NY; The Armoury Vault, Toronto, Canada; The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL; Vanilla Sky Studios, LA.
Photographers: Kirk Edwards; Cameron Krone.
When the forlorn ballad "4 AM" started to gain airplay, in September 2011, it sounded like an answer record to any one of several songs in rotation. Here was the flip side to the boys' unapologetic pillage-and-plunder tales: the voice of a vulnerable, livid woman backed by pinging/pulsing percussion, including a brilliantly anachronistic drum'n'bass tease, with swells of synthesizers, strings, and electric guitar. The insidious effect of "4 AM" translated to a slow, steady rise; by the time The MF Life was released, in March 2012, it had finally slipped into the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart. The song served a second purpose, as it was wholly contemporary -- quite possibly a move to airlift Melanie Fiona from the retro box. Mostly unnecessary vocal appearances from J. Cole, Nas, B.o.B, John Legend, and T-Pain suggest a marked effort to make Fiona appeal to a larger crowd, but otherwise, The MF Life has the singer refining the throwback approach of The Bridge with a couple diversions into soul-influenced adult contemporary rock. In addition to "4 AM," there's a six-track stretch, from the elegantly plain-spoken "I Been That Girl" (co-written by onetime bandmate Drake) through the vamping "Bones" (as in "Get all molecular and pass myself through you"), where each song either matches or surpasses the best of The Bridge. While Fiona clearly thrives most in settings that pull from late-'60s and early-'70s soul, she's remarkably versatile when it comes to modes of expression. Somewhere between Jazmine Sullivan and Kelis, her not-quite-husky, not-quite-scratchy voice is easily adaptable to a range of material that zeroes in on desperate longing, resentful rejection, and many points between. The more beneficial mix of songwriting and production collaborators, including Jack Splash, No ID, Rico Love, and Salaam Remi, helps make The MF Life superior to the debut in every way. ~ Andy Kellman
Professional Reviews
Rolling Stone (p.80) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Big-name guests like Nas and John Legend accentuate Fiona's strengths instead of overshadowing them, a testament to her supreme confidence."
Billboard (p.36) - "Fiona is singing up a storm on THE MF LIFE, delivering a welcome big voice to perhaps fill in the void of recent departures like Whitney Houston and Amy Winehouse."
Disc 1
1 This Time
2 4 AM
3 Break Down These Walls
4 I Been That Girl
5 Wrong Side Of A Love Song
6 Running - (featuring Nas)
7 Change The Record - (featuring B.o.B)
8 Gone And Never Coming Back
9 Bones
10 Watch Me Work
11 Can't Say I Never Loved You
12 L.O.V.E.
13 6 AM
14 Rock Paper Scissors
15 Can't Do This No Moe
16 What Am I To Do?
17 Like I Love You
Product Attributes
Artist Fiona,Melanie
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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