12 Songs, 45 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like Amy Winehouse and Duffy, Canadian singer Melanie Fiona puts her own spin on classic soul and girl group sounds. The difference is that Fiona has a voice that is actually in the league of classic Motown singers like Martha Reeves and Gladys Horton. While “Bang Bang” and “Monday Morning” come off a bit canned, “Give It To Me Right,” “Walk On By” and the magnificent “You Stop My Heart” are powerful mergers of musical styles past and present. Ultimately, Fiona will have to move beyond the easy thrills of ‘60s pop appropriation, but “Ay Yo” and “Sad Songs” give some idea of where she might be headed. The latter crossbreeds deep soul and reggae, while the former is a block-party anthem reminiscent of Lauryn Hill. The Bridge is catchy enough to catch on with the masses, but it is the sweltering emotion of “It Kills Me” that will fuel Fiona’s career long after the first-album hype subsides.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Like Amy Winehouse and Duffy, Canadian singer Melanie Fiona puts her own spin on classic soul and girl group sounds. The difference is that Fiona has a voice that is actually in the league of classic Motown singers like Martha Reeves and Gladys Horton. While “Bang Bang” and “Monday Morning” come off a bit canned, “Give It To Me Right,” “Walk On By” and the magnificent “You Stop My Heart” are powerful mergers of musical styles past and present. Ultimately, Fiona will have to move beyond the easy thrills of ‘60s pop appropriation, but “Ay Yo” and “Sad Songs” give some idea of where she might be headed. The latter crossbreeds deep soul and reggae, while the former is a block-party anthem reminiscent of Lauryn Hill. The Bridge is catchy enough to catch on with the masses, but it is the sweltering emotion of “It Kills Me” that will fuel Fiona’s career long after the first-album hype subsides.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
811 Ratings
811 Ratings
BwaSek ,

AMAZING

I'm glad Melanie Fiona is breaking out. There's so many BS singers out there, but this girl can actually sing without the aid of producers (like Rihanna and Keri Hilson). She's the real deal.

dwonnd ,

A new star has arrived

Melaine is a real singer.Her live performance is great.This album has something for everyone.Yet with each style she makes u want to hear more.My favorites are It Kills Me(Beautiful song) and Ay-Yo.Purchase this album and u will not be disapointed.

Soul-Full ,

It Kills Me free this week

Hey...Shes got a great voice and some of the samples sound a little old school motown. Just don't forget that It Kills Me is free this week on the main page.

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