Mf Life CD (2012)

Artist: Melanie Fiona

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Product Overview


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 228870404
UPC 602527811796
UPC 14 00602527811796
Format CD
Release Date 3/20/2012
Author Melanie Fiona
Artist Influence Angie Stone
Artist Influence Brandy
Artist Influence Jill Scott
Artist Influence Lalah Hathaway
Artist Influence Mary J. Blige
Artist Influence Monica
Artist Contemporary Alice Russell
Artist Contemporary Anthony David
Artist Contemporary Bridget Kelly
Artist Contemporary Candice Anitra
Artist Contemporary Chrisette Michele
Artist Contemporary Cool Uncle
Artist Contemporary Elle Varner
Artist Contemporary Estelle
Artist Contemporary Fleur East
Artist Contemporary Jazmine Sullivan
Artist Contemporary K'La
Artist Contemporary Kandace Springs
Artist Contemporary Keyshia Cole
Artist Contemporary Laura Izibor
Artist Contemporary Leela James
Artist Contemporary Marsha Ambrosius
Artist Contemporary Nikki & Rich
Artist Contemporary PJ Morton
Artist Contemporary Robin Thicke
Artist Contemporary Sean Jones (Vocals)
Artist Contemporary Stephanie McKay
Artist Contemporary Tamar Braxton
Technical Info
Producer Steve Rifkind; Michael Michel; Carmen Murray
CatalogID B 001602102
Lable Name Universal Republic
Released 2012
Original Release 2012
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 52m : 25s
UPC 00602527811796
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; Losta Studios; Summit Sound, NY; The Armoury Vault, Toronto, Canada; The Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL.
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
Artist Overview
Offering a throwback sound to complement her rich voice, Melanie Fiona is a Grammy-winning R&B artist from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Active as a performer since 2002, she was once a member of a group that featured Drake. A 2008 reggae single helped her attain a Universal Motown contract, and she responded with a pair of Top Five R&B albums, The Bridge (2009) and The MF Life (2012), the latter of which featured the certified gold single "4 AM." Her output, including collaborations with John Legend and the Roots, as well as one with Cee-Lo Green, was recognized with several Grammy nominations, as well as a couple wins. A third album, Awake (2015), was led by "Bite the Bullet."
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
Product Attributes
Artist Fiona,Melanie
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc

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