New Music Tuesday: Melanie Fiona

Melanie Fiona’s new album “The Bridge” is fantastic for all the same reasons “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill” was fantastic.  Both records fuse contemporary R&B with a classic Motown vibe that somehow manages to reach modern-day pop audiences without compromising the real heart and soul of the music.  We dig that sort of thing.

melaniefiona2The debut single from the album, “Give It to Me Right,” first struck a chord with us earlier in 2009 for the reasons listed above.  Plus, the lyrics are admittedly pretty sexual and Fiona is admittedly pretty attractive, which means that, as men, we sort of had no choice but to dig the song.  It’s embarrassingly simple how that works sometimes.

As far as the album is concerned, literally every song brings something substantial to the table.  “Bang Bang” has the sick hook, “Walk on By” has the driving beat, and “Please Don’t Go” sounds exactly like what the Supremes would put out if they were still recording today.  It’s hard to explain what soul sounds like in black and white words, but trust us when we say that the album’s got plenty of it.  Soul, that is, not black and white words.

Say what you want about Amy Winehouse, but her album was, in the words of Randy Jackson, hot.  This Melanie Fiona record is a lot like Amy, except without all the drugs and dirt and scabs.  And we can all agree that Amy Winehouse without scabs is a musical force to be reckoned with.  As will be Fiona if given the chance.

She’s opened for Kanye West in the past (without ever being interrupted, thank you) and has seen considerable success in her homeland of Canada.  This music is musical.  There’s no better way to say it.  Grab the goods today as soon as you can get to a record store.  You won’t regret it.  Or, you will.  But you won’t.

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