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Black Angel
Mica Paris
Black Angel
Genres: Pop, R&B
 
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Japanese Version featuring Three Bonus Tracks: Aint No Way, Sixth Street, and One.

      
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All Artists: Mica Paris
Title: Black Angel
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Import [Generic]
Release Date: 11/24/1998
Album Type: Extra tracks, Import
Genres: Pop, R&B
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Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 0724349581357, 498800675311, 4988006753112

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Japanese Version featuring Three Bonus Tracks: Aint No Way, Sixth Street, and One.

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Another winning classic from an underrated diva
John Jones | Chicago IL | 02/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Five years after her attempt at a commercial crossover (1994's uneven, occasionally challenged "Whisper a Prayer"), Mica Paris returns to the funky roots and understated production that made her 1990 project, "Contribution," such a rich soul classic. Midtempo grooves with thick, bass-heavy beats have always been Mica's forte, and this release is no exception. "Carefree" and a reworking of Sly and the Family Stone's "Stay," for example, have rhythms strong enough to walk on; even when the percussion is, by arrangement, more laid-back (as on "Let Me In" and the title track) the overall force of the rhythm is undeniable. All of which gives Mica the perfect platform for her soaring, soulful vocals."Waiting" is a scorcher of a ballad with gorgeously minimal production and one of the singer's best vocals to date, while "Perfect" and "I'll Give You More" are classic examples of understated UK hooks; if only American writers and producers could learn to hold back like this, to the benefit, rather than the expense, of the song...even more impressive is that Mica produced all three of these tracks herself. A beautiful Isley Brothers cover keeps up the momentum ("Don't Say Goodnight") and the deliciously retro "Is It Good Enough" (recalling some of Chaka Khan's best work with Rufus...a guitar line inspired by "Sweet Thing" doesn't hurt a bit) brings the album's appeal full circle. A couple of slight missteps aside ("Love's Gone" leans towards mediocre, and "Ain't No Way" simply doesn't justify an eight-minute running time) this album is a classic example of what most American fans of R&B are missing out on. It is possible, after all, to have a hit after you're 25, to have songs whose musical merits are just as strong as their beats, and to have enough chops on your own without being a mere product of your producers. Listening to a lot of R&B in the American Top Ten may not prove these facts, but Mica Paris' "Black Angel" makes them gorgeously, soulfully clear."
America wake up, Mica is here to stay.
Eddie Johnson Jr. | 02/01/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Mica Paris voice is undescribable. I do not know why this cd was not heavily marketed in the States. We lost Phyllis Hyman but we have "Mica". Her lush vocals is like wearing a velour garment and sitting in the back of a smoky jazz club listening to her stylize her musical journey. From "Stay", "Is it good enough", "Carefree" "Baby Angel" and my all time favorite "Don't Say Good night". This record company needs to re-release this in the States and have commercial radio give it the air-play it so deserves. I can not wait for "Mica" next project. When we have releases by Sade, Erykah, Angie, Lady Jill Scott and others Mica can keep company with these fine artists/vocalists. I believe Mica when she sings "Don't go no where" while singing "Don't say good night". Mica, keep the timbre of distinction in that voice and stay true to your art woman!"
Best SOUL CD I've Heard In Years
Eddie Johnson Jr. | 06/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I must say, Mica out-did herself with "Black Angel". Every track on this CD is excellent and Mica's voice has never sounded so good.The production is very slick and high quality. The choice of songs were right on target and Paris' performance is stellar! This is without a doubt Mica's best effort to date. It's too bad this CD was not given a domestic release. America missed out on a superb R&B album.Anyone longing to find a real R&B album in the midst of all of the so-called new hip-hop flavored R&B, look no further. "Black Angel" is it! Don't pass on this one. I promise you won't be disappointed."