Morning After Import
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Japanese version featuring a bonus track
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
In Arizona, R&B artists don't get a whole lot of airplay. If I don't hear it on BET (Whom now I'm boycotting because they sold out to 'the man and his money'), or I don't hear it on the radio, chances are, I won't hear it.
I did happen to stumble across this page of recommendations and based on what I saw, I copped my own copy of this album so I could be the judge.
Deborah, Deborah, Deborah... If you are reading this, let me just say that you have truly out done all the other divas with albums out right now and I hope you get the recognition that you deserve girl!
With the exception of the dance mixes at the end of the album... ... I loved this album. No one loves a good ballad more than I do, and Deborah has given me several to keep me happy.
Her voice is strong and powerful, and her lyrics are right on time without being cheesy. She makes Whitney, Kelly, look like American Idol rejects! Her only competition would be Mariah, and Toni but I think that's pretty good company. Being that she writes her own stuff puts her a head of the rest, and I thank her for her contribution to the music in my life!
The CD kicks off with the funky UP & DOWN, an uncharacteristically suggestive song about what Debbie expects when the lights go out. Also included is an Allstar remix of UP&DOWN featuring Jadakiss that is even more funky than the original. PLAY YOUR PART sounds like a sequel to "Same Script Different Cast" with Deb giving yet another man his walking papers (I guess Whitney was right about him). Rodney Jerkins makes amends for the awful "I Never Knew" with the very tight LIKE I DID. One highlight is STARTING WITH YOU an aching, gospel-tinged ballad in the grand Deborah Cox tradition, where Lady D shares some of her hard-won experience in the game of love with a dear friend. Another is GIVIN' IT UP a cool slice of retro R&B with a jazzy bounce reminiscent of Stephanie Mill's "Whatcha Gonna Do With My Lovin", the vocal is probably the most relaxed of Miss Cox's career and allows her to take a break from all that hollerin'.
Kudos to J Records for marketing a special 2-CD edition of this package featuring 8 remixes -- 6 of MR. LONELY and 2 of UP & DOWN. The Johnny Vicious remix of MR. LONELY cleverly borrows the keyboard and bass line from First Choice's "Let No Man Put Asunder". The Godson remix of UP & DOWN is nice, too. The rest of the remixes aren't that great -- but it's the thought that counts, and it's a smart way to make purchasing a ...CD worthwhile.
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 album is really good, but unfortunately, it didn't get much promotion and she was ultimately dropped from J Records. Read morePublished on Feb. 28 2004 by Jake Z
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
Granted, this album is far from terrible, and Deborahs voice is truly great. But the material here really isn't memorable. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2003 by Henry Parfitt