14 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a canny balance of contemporary freshness (in the form of a Lil Wayne guest spot) and well-calibrated nostalgia (via a Smokey Robinson sample, a Missy Elliott cameo, and production by Timbaland), Code Red offers proof that ’90s teen R&B icon Monica has pulled off a successful second act. The album includes swaying slow jams (“Hustler’s Ambition,” “Anchor”), retro-futuristic funk (“Suga”), and effervescent hip-hop–goosed pop-soul (“Just Right for Me,” the title track). Monica deftly navigates between styles, facing forward with her ambitions while wistfully reminiscing about musical heroes from days gone by.

EDITORS’ NOTES

With a canny balance of contemporary freshness (in the form of a Lil Wayne guest spot) and well-calibrated nostalgia (via a Smokey Robinson sample, a Missy Elliott cameo, and production by Timbaland), Code Red offers proof that ’90s teen R&B icon Monica has pulled off a successful second act. The album includes swaying slow jams (“Hustler’s Ambition,” “Anchor”), retro-futuristic funk (“Suga”), and effervescent hip-hop–goosed pop-soul (“Just Right for Me,” the title track). Monica deftly navigates between styles, facing forward with her ambitions while wistfully reminiscing about musical heroes from days gone by.

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