Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Flo'Ology Is Worth "Studying"

Floetry, the duo made up of "Songstress" Marsha Ambrosius and "Floacist" Natalie Stewart, are back with their second studio album Flo'Ology. Showing off the songwriting skills that had them working with artists such as Jill Scott, Bilal, and Michael Jackson, the ladies have created another album filled with their own brand of smooth, sexy R & B.

Floetry's unique combination of singing and spoken word makes them stand out among the pack of soul/R & B artists. They have taken the style they introduced to the world on Floetic and continued to hone it on Flo'Ology. "Supastar," the album's first single, has a light, fun feel to it and features Common. "Closer" rides a slow groove. The Scott Storch-produced "My Apology" is an uptempo song that intersperses the spoken word and singing in a very interesting way. "Lay Down" is a nice slow jam complete with strings and great production. "Sometimes U Make Me Smile" is one of the best songs on the album. It takes its time (it's over six minutes long) and glides over lush arrangements and excellent vocals.

There are a couple of missteps here and there on Flo'Ology. "I'll Die" is catchy, but it's a bit too conventional. Also, "Imagination," produced by Raphael Saadiq, starts off well but as it gets towards the end, it feels like it's dragging.

Flo'Ology is a solid follow-up to Floetic. The songstress and floacist have created an album of good soul/R & B music. If you expected to be blown away by this album, then you will be disappointed. However, if you're looking for something apart from the flurry of hip-hop tinged R & B wannabe divas or oversexed male R&B singers, you will enjoy Flo'Ology.

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