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Chapter V: Underrated

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Underrated (feat. AK of Do Or Die)
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A Boss
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Fade Away
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Angry Girl (feat. Tweet)
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Like Thorns
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Little Things (feat. Malone)
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My Shoes
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Label Me
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Go Head (feat. Na'Tee)
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Bad Person
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The Champ
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Stone Wall
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 12   Total Length: 42:57

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A Funk Soul Evolution pt 5

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This CD continues the story of the evolution of funky soul according to Syleena Johnson. There is bass-heavy, club bouncin' dance tracks like Underrated and A Boss, the love-done-me-wrong of Like Thorns. For those of a more straight forward urban persuasion there are the obligatory Beyonce-like musings done with style, amply demonstrated on consecutive tracks Angry Girl, Little Things and My Shoes. But track 9 demonstrates forcefully the reason to listen to Syleena is for her hard-edged, funk rap style vocals of Go Head. It is the no compromise stance vocals, that stand her apart and head above the average songstress of today . Enjoy!

They Say All Music Guide

One of the most critically acclaimed R&B artists of the 2000s, Syleena Johnson’s vocal prowess has attracted collaborations with numerous superstars, including R. Kelly, Busta Rhymes, Anthony Hamilton, Jermaine Dupri, and Common. She also received a Grammy nomination for being the featured vocalist on “All Falls Down.” Johnson has laid out her musical journey in a fascinating, autobiographical way, naming each recording by chapter and building upon such themes as Chapter 1: Love, Pain & Forgiveness and Chapter 2: The Voice. Calling her fifth solo recording Chapter 5: Underrated is less a lament than a puzzling truth: up till then, she hadn’t crossed over to much deserved mainstream pop recognition. Though the album was mostly produced by Toxic (Faith Evans, Keyshia Cole) and his crew and includes a few guest artists (Tweet, Malone, Na’Tee), the focus is blissfully more on compelling, groove-oriented songwriting and Johnson’s powerful, emotional vocals than star-studded invites. She asserts her ability to get back on her feet on the brief horn-fired title track intro, then engages in a sassy, En Vogue-like exchange about seeking an equal mate on the funked-up “A Boss.” The girl power vibe intensifies on the hip and clever clap-along “Label Me.” Johnson balances the danceable side with her always potent balladry. The mellow, dreamy “Angry Girl” (featuring Tweet) offers instruction to women who hurt the gender by projecting their generalized rage onto men. She later gets into more personal relationship issues on tracks such as “Like Thorns” and the torchy old-school ballads “Little Things” and “My Shoes.” Johnson may be Underrated, but she’s never sounded better. – Jonathan Widran

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