Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, R&B
It's hard to imagine two more talented hipsters than Floetry singer Marsha Ambrosius and emcee Natalie Stewart, a.k.a. the Songstress and Floacist. The U.K. duo's Floetic debut has it all--smooth R&B, soulful jazz, hip-hop... more »
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It's hard to imagine two more talented hipsters than Floetry singer Marsha Ambrosius and emcee Natalie Stewart, a.k.a. the Songstress and Floacist. The U.K. duo's Floetic debut has it all--smooth R&B, soulful jazz, hip-hop, spoken word, supple ballads and a warmth that cradles the listener from beginning to end. In short, it's exquisitely, decidedly feminine. The pair occasional raise the roof with sizzling rhymes and beats, but they clearly place a premium on vibe, evident in Floetic's mostly chilled, after-dark feel. Jill Scott and Michael Jackson have already benefited from Floetry's deft songwriting; Jacko covered Floetry's "Butterflies" on his Invincible disc. A demo version of that song is included here, but that's the least of the bounty. "Hello" is pure honey with the women's silky voices braided in harmony while the dreamy, gently gurgling "Sunshine" is like a soundtrack to a daydream. Comparisons abound (Lauryn Hill-meets-Dionne Warwick as scored by a blunted De La Soul maybe?) but perhaps the best description of Floetic yet unearthed is "sass and soul." And, at almost 70 minutes long, it's a steal. --Kim Hughes
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R&B Album Of The Year 2002
T.K. | Washington, DC | 10/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have had an advance of this album for several months, and I think this is one of the most BRILLIANT debuts I have heard in a while. Floetry is the London-bred duo of Marsha Ambrosius "The Songstress" and Natalie Stewart "The Floacist" (the songwriters responsible for Michael Jackson's "Butterflies", the only hit that came from his "Invincible" album). Together they deliver a soulful fusion of Soul and Poetry. Floetry blends Marsha's soulful voice with Natalie's thought provoking words and the product is a success that deserves to be heard by anyone who truly appreciates good music. From the hip-hop intro of "Big Ben" to the sure fire dance floor hit "Mr Messed Up",and everything in between, Floetry brings much needed soul to the airwaves. The lead single/video "Floetic" is already a buzzclip on MTV and in constant rotation. Other highlights on the album are the poignant "Ms. Stress" and the soulful "Sunshine," "Say Yes," and "Hello". EVERYONE I have played this CD for has loved it. This is one of those albums where you will play it from start to finish and want to press repeat. Floetry is to 2002 what Jill Scott was to 2000. I can not recommend this CD enough. GET THIS CD, you won't be disappointed"
Andrew Jacob | Brooklyn, New York | 02/11/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"(keep in mind that there were a lot of versions of the album "Floetic". One version didn't have the song "Possibilities", another version didnt have the song "Subliminal", and another didnt have the bonus tracks "Butterflies" & "Now You're Gone". So i've just included all the songs.)I thank curiousity. Why? Without curiousty, i would've never had the strength to pick up this album in the store with all the over hyped [junk] the music industry attempts throwing at you these days. Floetry, Marsha Ambrosius (the songstress) & Natalie Stewart (the "floacist") makes an intelligent and beautiful debut album "Floetic". While it's obvious that Natalie isn't the best emcee with the accent; at best mediocre, Marsha's soulful voice blends everything with an incredible and seductive "flow" (Natalie can be described better as a "story teller" rather than emcee). The intro "Big Ben" it's self almost immediately grabs you with a sharp beat and meaningful lyrics. "Floetic", Floetry's anthem if you will, has a soul-funk beat with "we're here to conquer"-verses. "Ms. Stress" is a ballad talking about a relationship with your classic love conflict. I also think there's a hidden definition in the song (Ms. Stress - Mistress? Maybe?). "Sunshine" is a song describing fantasy from reality, a conflict imbrued with love. "Getting Late" is an obvious self explanatory song. The atmosphere has shifted from pain and hate to bliss & love to a point where it's overboard. It's a very sexy song; a song you should be listening to when your about to be laid."Fun" is an unbeat & funky song about a relationship where the two lovers are never together. Also, it also seems like the guy in the relationship is blaming the girl since the chorus preaches the line "this isn't my idea of fun". "Mr. Messed Up" is a good followup of "Fun", where the woman dumps her lover & realizes that she was changing herself as a person for a guy; Shifting from ignorant to filled with knowledge of the facts. "Say Yes" is yet another seductive love song where the woman is eager for sex from her lover. "Hello" can be a follow up of "say yes" since the song's verses seem to come from a "next day phone call". "Headache" is another song of love conflicts. It talks about a relationship where one doesn't listen to another. "Possibilities" is an uplifting & empowering song they speak in general, to not give up. I especially like the part where Natalie says "who was there that could've stopped me from decomposing & rotting? For putting a permanant solution to a temporary problem?"...strong words. "Hey You" is sort of the positive version of "Fun", where they describe the woman hoping and yearning to see her lover. "If I Was A Bird" is a song is about over coming pain after a serious relationship. "Opera" is an oddly addictive song about a guy that pleases Natalie so much, it made her hit high notes. "Subliminal" is a song about conscious perception...in a general state of mind. The song is sort of deals with peace & just random thoughts. "Butterflies" is an incredible song originally written for Michael Jackson, but Floetry felt that they should've gave it their signature "flow"...since they wrote it. It talks about a woman getting butterflies because she misses her lover. The last song "Now Your Gone" is originally by Sebastian Rogers. Well, it doesn't seem so at first, since he is literally overshadowed by Marsha's vocals. It's like the aftermath of a just-broken relationship.These days, it seems that appearance seems the key to a succesful career, rather than quality. It's sad that Floetry is completely slept on and is only known by true music listeners. While the first look of the album cover won't grab you in instantly, a quick listen to a random song will. With Natalie's upbeat flowing rhymes & Marsha's incredibly beautiful voice, it's a mystery why they're still waiting at a bus stop.[Beats 80/100]~*~ The rhythm of music
[Lyrics 85/100]~*~ Words of song
[Flow 90/100]~*~ Appeal of beats & music
[Originality 80/100]~*~ How divine is the song
[Overall 90/100 (4 stars)]~*~ Not average, but the album in general"