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Tale Of The Tape: Mya - Smooth Jones

 


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About eighteen years ago (wow)  Mya hit the scene with her song "It's all about me" feat the Mr.Thong song himself Sisqo.  Mya came in around the time as I call the trinty was in full effect and when I say the trinity I am speaking of Aaliyah, Brandy, Monica, when they was killing the game. Mya had her own niche in the late 90's early 00's, her last major studio album was in 2003 with Moodring. Since then she released her albums through independent releases and kinda has a low profile in contrast to the begining of her career. Fast forward to 2016 Mya has released eighth full length studio album, on her own label planet 9, I took some time to listen Ms. Mya Smooth Jones album. Is this a worthy album to have? Does she bring the heat? or should we move on? Well will you have to see below and this tale of the tape:
  
Tale of the Tape: Mya Smooth Jones


Smooth Jones Intro:  Smooth Jones is Mya radio DJ alter ego, this intro starts off Mya speaking into the mic introducing her self as Smooth Jones, followed by some vocal harmonies from the singer herself. I like intros it sets the tone for the album. The vibe I get from this album, is that Smooth Jones is playing some R&B jams featuring Mya.

Replay: Moderate

Welcome to my world:   Smooth is the tone on this track, good production it gives a spring/summertime vibe, Mya inviting a potential suitor into world of traveling and luxury. "you can be high class sitting on a boat" well alright now! What I do like about this song is that yeah she showing that she got that paper and she can take her man anywhere he wants. Kinda like songs use to be in the early 2000's when women was on the independent grind and was like baby I got it. 

Replay: High

Hold On feat Phil Ade:   One thing about Mya is that she always work  with up and coming artist, that has been a central theme in her career. This song features Maryland artist Phil Ade and on the this track they come together to give listeners hope and never to give up on even though life can bring an everyday struggle. this is an ok song, don't get me wrong we all need daily inspriation and nothing is wrong with that. It could have been a little more wisdom dropped on the rap vocals.

Replay:Moderate

Elevators Feat Smooth Jones:   Keeping up with the theme of keeping your head up, this an uptempo track has Mya letting you know that when you elevate the haters are going keep hating becuase they not rising to highest level and it don't matter cause we up here. The music production is simalar to Welcome to my world, a breezy vibe being that Mya does her some of her own production it seems to be her signature sound. This song features Smooth Jones (Mya) and what is intersting is that Smooth Jones is not a bad rapper, is not Biggie, Nas type lyrics. But it works for song.

Replay: High

Phya (fire): It would not be a Mya album without her letting the listners know, she knows how to put down in the bedroom and even gives a recap "I know you had your share of girls" also the opening into to "My love is like wo" of her 2003 album "Moodring". However this is good slow jam banger. This song gives me every bit of her Late 90's early 00's songs. Her love is so phya that she have her boo talking like Future (lol), what always work for Mya is her best when she is being sensual, that is her signature style.

Replay: Very high

Spoil Me: Another thing it would not be a Mya album without a little quirky vibe, in one song she is giving a suitor keys to the palace and on this song he better get it together and spoil Ms. Mya. It is an alright song for the album, like I said Mya makes quirky songs it is what she does as an artist.

Replay: Moderate 

Team You: In 1998 the first single was "It all about me" that was young Mya and now we have grown Mya and she letting her man she is all about  him. The production is mid tempo freshness, it has nice chill out and this song bring the album down a more slowed down tone

Replay: High 

Coolin:   Mya has a soft voice and she has a tendency to sing in a whispery voice on some of her songs, and over the guitar lick, her voice is layered perfectly. Sometimes a whispery sound in songs is annoying, on this track it is not. Chilling with bae, during a summer night is the tone of this track, it works coming after team you.

Replay: High 

One Man Woman (Ol Skool joint): It would not be an Mya album without her spitting game, on this track she letting this fella know she could have about three or four in her back pocket. But she chooses only one man and right now this needed in music. Also this song lives up to the title old school. It definitely has an old school feel in the production. And y'all know me I am old school music lover for life and Mya give the vibe of the music of yesterday on this track.

Replay: Strong  

Circle Of Life (Ol Skool Joint) Following the theme of the old school this song takes us to the dance floor, gives a fun bouncy vibe after three back to back slow jams tracks, Mya gives a dance break, not mad at that Mya.

Replay: Moderate 

Smooth Jones Afta Glow Show (Outro): So after all music Mya comes back on and reminds the listner that they are listening to smooth jones as in the radio show. Taking us down memory lane with singing lines from "For the first time" "Anatomy 101" "Full Service".  I have not heard a good outro in a while, the tone the vibe and theme make it really sounds like afta glow show is really on the radio. I would listen to it for sure, I felt like I was listening to the quiet storm

Replay: Strong 

One Man Woman (Acoustic): Remix of the orginal version acoustic of one man woman, brings the album to to a close

Replay: High 

Tale Of The Tape: 
  • Worth The Replay:  Absolutely
  • Stream or Buy it: Buy it
  • Key Tracks: Welcome To My World, Phya, Coolin, One Man Woman, Team You, Smooth Jones Outro
  • Sequencing: Flows wells 

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