1) Love Falls Over Me:
This song has all the makings of a hit...if it was 1988. This song reminds me of something Prince has done. The beat-break in the background and shimmering piano synths are soooooo alluring. Tamia's voice is just as it's always have been. Strong, yet subtle enough to know she's not like these new artists: trying too hard.
2) Chaise Lounge:
Straight-up, mid-90s, late August slow jam. It sounds like something is sample, but I can't quite put my finger on what it is, but whatever song it is, it's from the mid-80s. Like, Phyllis Hyman meets Deneice Williams-tease. It's a shame that this type of song can't be played on the radio today. It's so grind-worthy,
3) Sandwich and a Soda:
Ya'll already know what this is about! If you don't, it's available for listen in full on YouTube. It has a funky blues/R&B groove to it. "When it's all over, I'mma fluff ya pillow and bring you a sandwich and a soda." I don't know about any of you, but this song makes me want to dip it low and bring it up slow in rainboots and a thong.
This is by far MY FAVORITE SONG on the album. The drum-machine is so hard. The way she's gliding over the beat is like a damn lily pad floating on a pond. If this song was released to radio, it would make moves. The dance-clubs would eat this alive. TAMIA PUT THIS OUT NOW!
This song starts out kind of melancholy. The alchemist bubbling liquids sound at the beginning is unnecessary. Why was it there? At any rate, it's a slinky/pre-raunch R&B track that is for us that likes to get into the mood at least an hour before doing a little "what-what-what-hey-hey-hey".
I don't know how I'm supposed to feel about this song. This is for the lovers who are so in to each other, the outside world doesn't matters. Some of us haven't even walked through the gate, let alone been invited into the house of love. I can hear this being played at a wedding reception as the couples "first dance."
7) Like You Do:
This track continues where "Sandwich and a Soda" left off. The beats are similar but the lyrical content is a tad bit more subtle in this one. "Can't nobody do my body-body like you do, like you do!" This is the perfect jumpstart to a "summer love" song.
8) Stuck With Me:
The official second single from the album. THIS IS WHY TAMIA IS THAT HEFFUH. She makes you feel some type of way on this song. If you can't make me feel some type of emotion, I don't give you the time of the day. This is what music is about, the vocal production is so well-thought out. Whoever wrote and produced this, knows Tamia's strengths and they made her use all of them.
9) No Lie:
Only people who are married and have been so for awhile will understand the content of this song. "Boy you know I don't mind giving you all I got, cause baby boy your all mines....the only thing that matters is you and I. You don't have to question my heart" is what she stamps over the chorus. I haven't heard a song like this since 1997.
10) Day One:
THE PERFECT "Bitch, you see me walking down the aisle and getting married? Get into this veil and train" song. It is why ya'll need to stop sleeping on Tamia and take her seriously as a balladeer. This song has so much power and emotion. WOW! Emote, bitch...EMOTE.
11) Black Butterfly:
It wouldn't be a complete Tamia album unless she couldn't end it on a conscientious note. "Black butterfly, sail across the waters. Tell your sons and daughters what the struggle brings".....This is how you relay a message in your music people!
How do you feel about Tamia’s new album “Love Life”?