Morning After Import
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A rare Canadian among the R&B elite, Deborah Cox is also notable as one of the few certified divas to write or cowrite her own songs. With her reputation thus established, Cox boldly pushes into a new direction on The Morning After, offering comparatively few ballads as well as two songs aimed straight at the dance floor: the percussive rump-shaker "Up & Down (In & Out)" and the wildly caffeinated "Mr. Lonely." That both appear in myriad remixed versions on an accompanying CD makes Cox's intent clear. Still, fans of the singer's earlier, softer sounds aren't completely shut out. "Hurt So Much" is anguish as a state of mind, while the lush, octave-defying "Play Your Part" puts the passive-aggressive relationship into focus. Sisters get an anthem in "Starting with You," which best captures Cox's overriding messages of affirmation and individuality. Of course, with a voice this boundless and beautiful, Cox could make the white pages sound tingly. That she strives for something more makes The Morning After worth hearing. --Kim Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
The addition of two dance tracks at the end of the album make the styles that Deborah dabbles in here even more jarring. As an album, this project really doesn't work. Although this has some pleasing tracks, it is not up to the standards you would expect from such a talented artist on her third effort.
Contrary to what another poster said, Deborah was not DROPPED from j Records. She left the label after the drama with the poor promotion for TMA. She is currently filling Heather Headley's shoes in the Broadway musical 'AIDA'. She also has remixed a single from the musical 'EASY AS LIFE' and is sure to be her next #1 dance hit! On May 18, 2004 BMG is also releasing Ultimate: Deborah Cox (probably as a contractual obligation)
Deborah has stated that this spring/summer she will be returning to the studio to record her fourth studio album, this one is sure to bring her back into the limelight that has eluded her!
She worked with Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis again on this album, and it shows. They have a knack for getting an artist to deliver their best in the studio. Truly a wonderful collection of soulful music. If this isn't in your collection, and you're an R&B fan, BUY IT!
Oh, as far as the "Sad Love Song" comment:
Hurts So Much
Deborah longs to stay in a bad relationship becasue she'd "rather be in love, than be alone"...
Starting With You
Deborah helps a friend understand that a bad relationship isn't worth the pain...
Up & Down
Deborah keeps it real on this one. She didn't come to fight, she came to "make love, not war"...
Play Your Part
Discusses a man who is no longer "Playing his Part" in a relationship...
Drama for days! I love it!
MUST LISTENS on this album:
The title track uses some seriously savvy vocal movement to preach about awkwardness and confusion "The Morning After." Deborah's impressive vocal pyrotechnics don't lose the message, however, an indication of her feel for the music.
The two jams, "Up and Down" and "Mr. Lonely" only add two new jewels to Deborah's Crown as Dancing Queen.
Not surprisingly, I found "Play Your Part" reminiscent of her duet with Whitney Houston. Although Deborah can handle the song all alone and beautifully to boot, I felt like it had been done.
Gotta' check out "Hurt So Much." For the slow, heart-wrenching joint for which we all respect and love Deborah, listen to number 5.
Tune into "Givin' It Up" for that groove when you're riding in the car or dancing around the house.
I'm simply waiting for tour dates. After seeing her at the White Party, I can only determine that she's better live, and I just can't wait to hear her belt out "Hurt So Much" on stage.
Most recent customer reviews
i love deborah cox.she has a very lovely voice. it is only sad that she does not get the recognition that she deserved. i say her in "aida" and she was the bomb. Read morePublished on June 14 2004 by Jacqueline Glenn
Deborah Cox has the best R&B voice in the music industry. She voice is so powerful. The song on this album are upbeat and very catchy.Published on May 9 2004 by Ryan
What a waste of talent :( Maybe she'll strike gold next time...Published on April 15 2004 by C. Avery
I love this CD. It's Deborah's best CD of all. The only thing I hate about this CD is that it didn't get enough promotion.Published on March 24 2004 by Eyebrows
This is my favorite Deborah Cox CD. I'm so sorry that it wasn't promoted enough. I don't think it sold well either but it's da bomb. Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Eyebrows
Deborah Cox is one of my favorite artists along with Ashanti,Aaliyah (may she rest in peace), Alicia Keys, Amerie,Anita Baker and Toni Braxton. Read morePublished on Dec 9 2003 by Simone Mitchell
I'm a big fan of strong R&B voices so I have all Deborah Cox albums who sure has a fine voice. So far I never was too happy with her complete albums, but now this one really... Read morePublished on Dec 6 2003 by Sinitta
I sorry to break hearts but Deborah could have kept this one.It was not a good follow up to this success of her sophmore effort. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2003 by SlimD