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Mf Life (2012)

Artist: Melanie Fiona
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Format: CD
Sku: 228870404
UPC: 602527811796
UPC 14: 00602527811796
Release Date: 3/20/2012
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. This Time ~ Melanie Fiona
2. 4 AM ~ Melanie Fiona
3. Break Down These Walls ~ Melanie Fiona
4. I Been That Girl ~ Melanie Fiona
5. Wrong Side Of A Love Song ~ Melanie Fiona
6. Running - (featuring Nas) ~ Melanie Fiona
7. Change The Record - (featuring B.o.B) ~ Melanie Fiona
8. Gone And Never Coming Back ~ Melanie Fiona
9. Bones ~ Melanie Fiona
10. Watch Me Work ~ Melanie Fiona
11. Can't Say I Never Loved You ~ Melanie Fiona
12. L.O.V.E. ~ Melanie Fiona
13. 6 AM ~ Melanie Fiona
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographers: Kirk Edwards; Cameron Krone.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Steve Rifkind; Michael Michel; Carmen Murray

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Nas
Muze Guest Artist B.O.B.
Muze Guest Artist John Legend
Muze Guest Artist T-Pain

Artist Overview

Melanie Fiona is a bright, young R&B artist and Kanye West prot?g? from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Born Melanie Hall, the singer grew up in inner-city Toronto to Guayanese parents. Fiona developed a passion for music at an early age, influenced by groups and artists such as the Ronettes and Whitney Houston. It's no surprise, then, that she offers a throwback retro sound to complement her immaculate voice. Her debut album, The Bridge, was released in the fall of 2009, and was a Top 25 album on the Canadian Album Chart. The album which was spearheaded by Andrea Martin, and its lead single also charted in the U.K. and Italy. ~ Matthew Chisling

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Attention:deficit(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Attention:deficit
Muze Music Compilations Tbd
Muze Music Compilations Tbd(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Prisoner Of Conscious(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Right Now
Muze Music Compilations Moment Of Truth
Muze Music Compilations Sex Love & Reggae
Muze Music Compilations Reggae Gold 2014
Muze Music Compilations Revelation Part 1:Root Of Life
Muze Music Compilations Bet Presents Music Matters Vol 1

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 2012
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2012
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : B 001602102
Music Label Name Label : Universal Republic
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602527811796

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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Fiona,Melanie
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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