Album Review: Keyshia Cole – ‘Woman To Woman’

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For those of you who don’t know (then you’re major late), Keyshia Cole is my favourite artists! I would explain why she is my favourite artist, but I really don’t have the time. As a result, I’ve decided to review her sixth studio album, ‘Woman To Woman’, which was released earlier on this week (November 19th).

After her fourth studio album, ‘Calling All Hearts’, was a hit and miss, Cole knew that she had to come back with a burning flame with her new project. Despite her hardcore fans claiming that they really appreciated the project, other fans said otherwise and her sale figures were also disappointing. So, being the fighter that she is, Cole is back with ‘Woman To Woman’.

“This record has to be one of her best vocal tracks of all time! The songstress really experimented with her range on…”

The first single to be lifted off the project was, ‘Enough Of No Love’. Cole exploded back on to the scene with this record, which featured Lil’ Wayne. ‘Enough Of No Love’ certainly was the record that showed everyone that Cole was back and she meant business. The track even scored the songstress her first top 10 R&B hit since ‘Trust (feat. Monica)’. The tune peaked at #7 on the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop charts and #84 on the Hot 100. If you haven’t seen the video to Cole’s ‘Enough Of No Love’ then watch it here below:

After ‘Enough Of No Love’ burnt down US radio stations, fans were ready for the second single. Being the generous artist that Cole is, she told fans the title of her second single via Twitter, ‘Trust and Believe’. Being the hardcore Cole fan that I am, I thought the record was going to be an inspiring track, because if you observe the songstress like I do, you’ll realise that one of her favourite  quotes is “Trust and Believe”. Regardless, I couldn’t wait to hear the track, however, when I heard the track I wasn’t expecting what I heard. Cole brought back the heartbroken girl from her ‘The Way It Is’ and ‘Just Like You’ projects. It was an “wait a minute!” moment!

Not to mention she released the video for the record which had everybody’s mother, auntie, cousin and Godmother screaming at their laptop/television screens with “YES KEYSHIA!” If you haven’t watched the video for ‘Trust and Believe’ then please do not hesitate to watch it below:

Now, after hearing those two singles, everybody was anxious to hear what the songstress had to offer with the project, ‘Woman To Woman’. Despite the album coming out the same day as Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic’ and Nicki Minaj’s ‘Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded – The Re-Up’, Cole’s “Diamonds” were not phased.

Cole opens up the album with the lead single from the project, ‘Enough Of No Love’, but since we’ve already discussed that record, let’s move on to one of my favourite tracks from the album, ‘Missing Me’. This record for me is one of the outstanding tracks on the album. The songwriter sings “Who do you think you are? To say that you are the best that I ever had? But you’re missing me now, now that my love ain’t around”. This song is certainly for those who love the phrase “you never know what you got, until it’s gone.”

“A lot of people were puzzled as to why Cole put such an irrelevant artist such as Ashanti on such a hyped record…”

A lot of people say that all Cole’s music is dedicated to the broken hearted. However, on the record, ‘Get It Right’, the songstress speaks about her lover just not giving her “the loving” the way how they used to. Surely, some of you can relate to this situation where one moment in time you’re trying to make love and you realise that your partner is just not in it the way how they used to. Cole is advising you to tell your partner to ‘Get It Right’ on this album.

Moving swiftly on, I have to speak on the record that had a lot of anticipation surrounding it, the album title track, ‘Woman To Woman’. A lot of people were puzzled as to why Cole put such an irrelevant artist such as Ashanti on such a hyped record. If it makes you feel better, originally Brandy was enlisted for the track. Unfortunately, Brandy couldn’t do the record, but Ashanti did a good enough job. ‘Woman To Woman’ is definitely a female duet what R&B has been missing. Brandy and Monica failed miserably at it with their recent duet, ‘It All Belongs To Me’, but Cole & Ashanti brought the fire with this track and hopefully they release it as a single, as the record is too strong for it to be swept under the carpet.

“Considering Cole has never done dance records before, ‘Here We Go’ is one of the reasons why she should never do it again.”

I want to briefly speak on Cole’s vocals on this album. First of all, Elijah Blake really took the spotlight from Cole on ‘Wonderland’ however, the track is flawless regardless. Elijah Blake is definitely one to keep an eye on. Despite Elijah Blake stealing the shine on ‘Wonderland’ Cole claims back her spotlight with ‘I Choose You’. This record has to be one of her best vocal tracks of all time! The songstress really experimented with her range on ‘I Choose You’, I have never heard her sing in that range before, however, I hope she proceeds to use this range on future records! The latter record is definitely the outstanding track on ‘Woman To Woman’.

Within reason, ‘Woman To Woman’ closes out with the beautiful love song, ‘Signature‘. This is a graceful love song which should be suggested to be added to a wedding playlist. ‘Signature’ is also a different record from the love songs that the songwriter has done in the past; it shows her vocal ability and definitely is another strong contender with the other outstanding tracks that have been mentioned within this review. However, whilst listening to the iTunes deluxe edition of ‘Woman To Woman’ I was rather shaken up when I heard ‘Here We Go’. Ladies and gentlemen, ‘Here We Go’ is a dance record. Considering Cole has never done dance records before, ‘Here We Go’ is one of the reasons why she should never do it again. As the latter record is the weakest track on the album and doesn’t suit the vibe of ‘Woman to Woman’. The lyrical content for the record is on point; however, coming from a fan that loves Cole’s music and has enjoyed every material she has released from the beginning of her career, I would advise her to never try dance music again. It definitely is not her forte.

Overall, ‘Woman To Woman’ is a good comeback album from Cole. Considering the backlash she received from the previous contender, ‘Calling All Hearts’ it definitely is within my top 3 out of 5 favourite albums from the songstress. All Cole needs to do, is to promote the project and continue to deliver good vocal performances and she will surely have a successful album on her hands. I am a very proud of this album and the songwriter should be also!

Outstanding tracks

  1. Enough Of No Love (Feat. Lil’ Wayne)
  2. Missing Me
  3. Trust And Believe
  4. Get It Right
  5. Woman To Woman (Feat. Ashanti)
  6. Wonderland (Feat. Elijah Blake)
  7. I Choose You
  8. Hey Sexy
  9. Who’s Gonna Hold Me Down
  10. Signature
  11. Wonder
  12. I Can’t Make You Love Me

12/16 tracks!

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Keyshia Cole’s Readies NEW single & Get’s Rid Of Manager!?

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Keyshia Cole Annouced that she will be releasing “TAKE ME AWAY” as the next single of her album “Calling All Hearts”. This is one of the Favourites of the album! Everybody wants “Take Me Away” or “So Impossible” to be the next single but I’m glad that she has gone with “Take Me Away” as it shows a different side to Keyshia!

Keyshia said via her twitter that she would be recording the video on the 21st January, and I believe you can start requesting it on American Radio Stations from February 1st!

LETS GET THIS MONEY! In her voice!

HOWEVER… Keyshia took to her Twitter page on Monday saying

“Would like for u guys to know tht Manny Halley is no longer my management.” http://twitter.com/#!/keyshiacole/status/27099393844838401

I don’t know if is this going to put a Delay on “Take Me Away” being the next single but that is some Interesting info!

Keyshia Cole – Calling All Hearts [Album Review]

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My Girl Keyshia Cole is BACK! If U didn’t know – I am a BIG Fan of Keyshia Cole and her Music! [There is a big difference when Ur a BIG Fan of the Artist and not just a fan of their Music! And I ain’t a big fan of her because she’s good looking either!] So Keyshia Cole is back with her 4th Studio Album “Calling All Hearts” And Boy, Oh boy did she call some hearts!

At first Keyshia announced the first single of Calling All Hearts, was “I Ain’t Thru (feat. Nicki Minaj)” As a big fan of Keyshia this song took a while to grow on me. It is very smooth! HOWEVER! Listen to the lyrics!

“See I ain’t worried about y’all! All u Hating Ass BROADS! With your hating ass fits! Hating ass THIS! Hating Ass LIPS! So give me my Elbow room! It’s time for me to come through!”

This song is underrated but I can understand why it is. It shouldn’t have been the first single of the album however it is a Righteous song within its own right! Keyshia was just making a point that she ain’t finished and I understand that. But wasn’t wise as a Single choice.

Keyshia then dropped the 2nd Second Single “Long Way Down” Now this is the Keyshia Cole that I Love! The soulful Keyshia! This is what I’m talking about! Keyshia is discussing how she is fed up of all the “Flossers” and the “Betrayers” that isn’t what she wants no more! Don’t waste her time, because she certainly doesn’t want to be wasting urs! “Long Way Down” should have been the first single! This song is what everyone loves about Keyshia Cole!

The Album Is AMAZING! She has a track on the album called “If I Fall In Love Again (feat. Faith Evans)” which I like, until Faith Evans verse kicks in. I don’t know, just not feeling her voice on that track! However it’s still a banging track! It sample’s one of B.I.G’s tracks which gives it that Old Skool vibe!  However this is one of my least favourites on the album.

Now tracks like “So Impossible” LORD. This song captured my heart!! [Calling all hearts – Do U get it!?] Keyshia drops these lyric in this track:

It is what it is – We’re just not meant to be. I’m not meant for you and you’re not meant for me! Ain’t no need for us to deny, what we had is so gone ‘Cause my heart is still beating… for love”

U got these lyrics with a nice slow beat! I’m telling u if this doesn’t capture ur heart then, ur missing something in ur life. This song says everything that I wanted to say to someone a couple of months ago! Keyshia called my heart on that one. However she is not finished calling!

We have the track “Sometimes” which I LOVE this track. Keyshia has said on her twitter that she wrote this song for her fans! I personally believe this song is what Keyshia needed to say on the Just like You album! With lyrics such as

“Sometimes I wish that I could step outside of myself! Sometimes I just wanna go way from myself”

I needed this from Keyshia! Because believe me we all have had those moments when we just wanna run away from OURSELVES! And I’m glad that Keyshia feels the same way that I do. Real fan right here! [Called my heart #2]

“CONFUSED IN LOVE “– RIGHT! I’m not going to get into how I feel about this song. It called my heart #3 and shall I tell u why!? This is why!!

“I Used to be Through with Love, Confused in Love! No way in knowing what I wanna do with love! But NO MORE! I won’t Stress No More! Used to Cry at night, Lay awake at night – hold my pillow tight, It will be alright! BABY GIRL!”

DO I NEED TO SAY ANY MORE!? This song speaks for itself. Please, if you’re confused in Love I seriously recommend this song. This is Medicine for the broken heart’s right here.

The next song I want to talk about is a new Hit for the radio. “Take Me Away”. This song is one of those songs that U dance around in ur underwear while U wake up from a text message from ur boo! Keyshia defiantly hit it big with this song! This defiantly will have SUCCESS if it’s released as a single!

This review is getting long enough as it is already, so I’m gonna skip some tracks.

Keyshia Cole ends the album with a track called “Better me” which is defiantly dedicated to her Fiancé. This is a wedding song and is a nice slow jam! It’s a nice way to end an album and is defiantly some good R&B.

Over All – Keyshia Cole called my heart on this album and I believe she will be calling other hearts on this album too! Keyshia worked with Timbaland on a track “Last Hangover” which is a BANGING Track. She also worked with her Adopted Mother Yvonne Cole on the Track “Thank You” Which has the Gospel vibe to it as well. If you haven’t got Calling All Hearts yet I suggest you get it. It will call ur heart, I bet its calling your heart after reading this review!

P.S. You need to buy the DELUXE EDITION of Calling All Hearts to get the track “Confused in Love”. P.S. I couldn’t stop singing every track while writing this review 😀