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Butterflies

Fierce R&B creature Marsha Ambrosius loses herself on debut Late Nights & Early Mornings...but only a little.

The cover of Portishead's "Sour Times" is more our kind of Ambrosius: A sly British cackling-from-the-shadows approach, and final proof that this tune remains the best James Bond theme Shirley Bassey never rocked. By the time she resolves the plaintive repeat chorus of "Nobody loves me" with the plangent answer line of "Like you do" on that ominous John Barry chord, some sinister-ass ambiguity has gotten attached to the album.

Closing is a remix of "Butterflies," the tune that put Marsha and her former Floetry partner Natalie Stewart on the map when MJ rendered it on Invincible. It's cool, still, a dreamy, breezy lilt of a mid-tempo torch song, still. Forever charming.

The last new original, though, "The Break Up Song,'' is one you wish Mike had covered, too. The Broadway affect and gushy appeal in her delivery tell you that Marsha might also have been imagining that possibility when she wrote it.

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Toyac123
Toyac123

R.Kelly FANS!!! If you are in the Houston Area June 5th, 2011 Come check out his concert at the Toyota Center, opening acts Marsha Ambrosius, and Keyshia cole....Tickets on sale now!

Toyac123
Toyac123

R.Kelly FANS!!! If you are in the Houston Area June 5th, 2011 Come check out his concert at the Toyota Center, opening acts Marsha Ambrosius, and Keyshia cole....Tickets on sale now!

 
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