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Album Review

It probably wasn't by design that Teedra Moses released her second proper album — this one — over a decade after Complex Simplicity. Unlike D'Angelo and Bilal, fellow beloved R&B artists whose first and second albums were released after similarly protracted gaps, Moses was able to placate her cult audience with scattered singles, mixtapes, and an EP. The singer, songwriter, and arranger also kept it guessing with ever-changing album plans and by aligning with Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group. Revised titles and projected release dates ceased in August 2015, once R&B haven Shanachie issued Cognac & Conversation. As on the novel Complex Simplicity, Moses projects sweet vulnerability and streetwise swagger in a way, with minimal exertion, that recalls Teena Marie. Moses' mix of classic and contemporary is correspondingly kept with help from a deep roster of producers. It should hit the spot for listeners who dig commercial R&B sounds and relate to some of the content but not the juvenile manner in which certain sentiments are expressed. Likewise, Moses' hooks often sound nice on the first listen and brilliant by the tenth, and with the lightest of touches, she can switch from cutting a man down to size (as on "International Playboi") to making him feel like royalty ("Skin Diver"). Apart from a handful of interludes Moses handled herself, not one of the collaborators — including Bink, Trackademics, Thaddeus Dixon, and Dwayne "DW" Wright — is connected to more than two tracks. Despite that, this set of songs does not seem hastily snapped together. Just as crucial, the guests don't get in the way and just happen to appear on four of the high-quality cuts. Ross neither outshines nor weighs down two of them: the springy "All I Ever Wanted," likely to bring Dynasty and/or Camp Lo to mind, and the title track, which enters like a slow-building club anthem but instead settles into a cunning slow jam. 3D Na'Tee strengthens the plush "Only U," the album's closest equivalent to the debut's "Rescue Me," while Anthony Hamilton is on the dazzling "That One," a contender for duet of 2015. Here's hoping Moses' third album lands earlier than 2026.

Customer Reviews

Love Teedra 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

I've been a fan since the 1st album she is so underrated as artist, you can always listen from beginning to end with every album....hooked on snippets

Awesome and impressive!

This is the first Teedra Moses album that I have ever purchased, I've only caught some of the songs while surfing Itunes when they have similar artist in the genre. I must say, this is one of the best music experiences that I have had in a while. YES, I say "experience" because her music took my mind to a place that only music can, and haven't been to in a long while. I'm definitely going to venture back to purchase and listen to the previous albums, and I will definitely be pumping this in the vehicle because the beats compliment the voice perfectly! Like butta baby...

Absolutely amazing !!

Man as a teedra fan I've been waiting on this album and she delivered . It's nothing less than seller and absolutely amazing . Talk about smooth the album could give silk a run for its money . Now I warn you don't compare it to complex simplicity. While that was a classic almost instantly . This album is more of a grower and if your a real teedra fan you know her best songs are growers . Take rescue me I use to skip that song so much now and it became my favorite song on the album . Power words amazing vocal should have caught me but it took some time . I bring that up to because a couple songs will grow on you like skin diver . My goodness that track is unbelievable. Teedra most definitely put her foot , toes and elbows in that song. Amazingly smooth Ballard to make your mind wonder . Please support don't bootleg this album I'm telling you won't be disappointed. Take the album for what it is let it grow. Don't compare to her first this is something very special . Thanks Teedra Moses for delivering an amazing project .

Biography

Born: December 17, 1976 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

No contemporary R&B singer and songwriter who debuted during the 2000s combined vulnerability and toughness with as much finesse as Teedra Moses. Born and raised in New Orleans, Moses relocated to California with her mother after her parents' divorce. Exposed to gospel early -- her mother was once active on the Southern church revival circuit -- Moses brought a little bit of that fervor to her own vocal style when she began writing and singing professionally, which followed a stint as a wardrobe...
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