Album Review: Letoya Luckett - Lady Love

Posted by Mack of Sound-Savvy On 9:10 AM

Artist: Letoya Luckett
Album: Lady Love
Release Date: 8.25.09

Lady Love is the sophomore release and follow-up to the certified platinum self-titled debut, from the H-Town native and former member of internationally renown pop girl group Destiny's Child. With this album, the ASCAP and Grammy award winning singer/songwriter proves that she has what it takes to remain a force in the world of female R & B.

Track Listing review below:

Lady Love – The title track opens the album in an upbeat form, re-introducing her vocal ability and setting the tone for the rest for the rest of the album. (3/5)

She Ain’t Got – This rock guitar-based track is the second officially released single. The instrumental is something that could easily get airplay on top 40, pop & R & B stations as well as urban outlets-think Lady Gaga or Fergie type track. Even though it’s not typical R & B she holds her own and steps out of her box creatively as she sings of a cheating lover’s taste in a mistress. (4/5)

Not Anymore – This ballad is the lead single and my one of my favorites. She sings of being tired of her relationship and not dealing with it anymore. The instrumental is light and piano-based allowing her voice to shine on the melody. (5/5)

Lazy bears the ‘It’s not you, it’s me’ type of message. She conveys the feeling of not wanting to be in another relationship because she feels she can’t handle it after so many bad relationships in the past. She once again matches the instrumental vocally, though the track seems kind of big. (3.5/5)

Good To Me – This track reminds me of Prince, circa Purple Rain or Under the Cherry Moon eras. Slow, with repetitive piano chords throughout and a heavy drum loop. She designs her dream man while wishing that he'll just be good to her as the undertone. (4/5)

Over – This is another favorite of mine, she's ending it with a cheating boyfriend in a ‘what if’ scenario of all the things that he actually did. The echo in the hook of “Over” is really well done and fits perfectly. (4.5/5)

Regret Feat. Ludacris – With an assist from Ludacris on the third official single, Letoya explores how her ex is in regret over leaving her and wants to be back with her. This slow melody really suits her. The track is very similar and sounds like a slowed version of Mary Mary’s God in Me. Ludacris didn’t seem to do his best on this one but nonetheless it’s a great collaboration. (3.5/5)

I Need A U – This is a sexy ballad with a whispered melody over a slow organ infused track as she sings of her fantasy guy to come and “ease her pain” of loneliness. The guitar solo on the bridge puts this over the top. (5/5)

Take Away Love Feat. Estelle – On this mid-tempo track she has some real talk with Estelle about a guy that just doesn’t seem to understand that she can’t be with him right now. They decide that she should take her love away. Not one of my favorites but it’s still a great track and the Estelle collaboration works. (3/5)

After Party – An up-tempo track compared to the rest of the album. She sings of the after party being the next relationship because the one she’s in isn’t working. The instrumental is simple, allowing her to do her thing. (3/5)

Drained – I like this one, though the instrumental reminds me of an old school Nintendo game! She owns up to her part in draining the love from the relationship, breaking his heart and possibly ruining him for future relationships. (3.5/5)

Tears – She glides over this sultry ballad about how love has brought her to tears of joy. This is something that she hasn’t experienced before and can’t understand why she feels so wonderful yet she is in tears. (4/5)

Matter – On this simple drum-heavy ballad she conveys how her ex-boyfriend’s new girlfriend doesn’t matter because she can’t do the things that she was able to do. A classic song of love lost and regret. (4/5)

Love Rollercoaster Feat. Mims – Mims seems to shine a little more as Letoya is relegated to the chorus and bridge. The mid tempo instrumental is one of the busier tracks on the album. She seems to easily groove though as she sings of love’s ups and downs. (3.5/5)

Don’t Need U – The beat-box drives the instrumental, and Letoya delves into the realization that she must move on and that she doesn’t need her ex in her life anymore. (3.5/5)

This album defies the myth that all artists suffer from the “sophomore jinx”. Letoya's talent is undeniable and the production is simple and not overdone, allowing her voice to shine and carry the music as opposed to the music carrying her voice. The tone for this album seems to be of a relationship lost. Lady Love is a great album, definitely worth the purchase price.

Overall I give Lady Love 4 out of 5 platinum headphones.

4 comments and counting...

  1. Martini Said,

    I LOVE this new album! She has certainly shown growth from the last album, which was more street and gritty-which I loved but I'm glad she didn't stick to the same formula to make this one which I'm sure everyone was expecting. This is definitely going to be in heavy rotation on my iPod.

    Posted on August 26, 2009 at 9:20 AM

  2. I must say, I was VERY impressed that this one outdid her first. My favorite cuts are Lazy, Take Away Love, Drained and Don't Need U, but I think Lazy is my favorite overall because I can relate. Bruthas get tired of the bullshit too. Excellent review!

    Posted on August 26, 2009 at 9:23 AM

  3. MrsGrapevine Said,

    You make me actually want to take a listen. I did fear she was a one-hitter or her that her best tracks have been released, but now I'm hopeful.

    Posted on August 26, 2009 at 11:36 PM

  4. Sincere Said,

    @Martini: I've listened to this album everyday since I got it! lol
    @Mack: Thanks for letting me post!
    @MrsGrapevine: Thanks! You can tell she took her time and crafted this album as opposed to just throwing bunch of mix matched cuts together.

    Posted on September 2, 2009 at 7:10 PM


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