Tuesday, March 1, 2011

A masterful solo debut for Marsha Ambrosius

Marsha Ambrosius is on her own, and it seems this is where she belonged from the very beginning.

Her debut solo album, "Late Nights & Early Mornings," packs a heavy helping of sensuality and soul that continues with the seducing sounds of her former group, Floetry ("Say Yes and "Getting Late").

The album, which dropped today, is a masterful 13-track release that might even make you forget Ambrosius was ever in a group. She certainly proved she can stand tall without much help. There aren't even any guest features, and they weren't needed.

"Hope She Cheats on You (With a Basketball Player)" and "Far Away" were easily magical lead singles, however, the album is much more than those two hit songs.

"With You," "Your Hands" and the title track are examples of her pure and seemingly effortless ability to set the mood for a steamy night of sheet-gripping.

There's also the vulnerable "Sour Times," where she sings, "'Cause nobody loves me / It's true / Not like you do."

Ambrosius even revisited Michael Jackson's "Butterflies," giving it an uptempo remix. She co-wrote the original version.

The best part about "Late Nights & Early Mornings" is that it can play from start to finish without once skipping a track.

Thanks, Marsha. This album was worth the wait.

Suggested track: "Your Hands"

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