|After the many album delays this year, Mya's Liberation album finally presented itself earlier today. As to whether it will see the time of day in the US is yet to be seen, but the album is somewhat decent surprisingly. With better budgeting and promotion, it could have had some impact but I think they ruined her chances. With the constant pushbacks as well as leaving fans confused as to where they stood with the album, they left it too little too late. Producers Scott Storch, J.R. Rotem, Tricky Stewart, Kwame and Bryan-Michael Cox all contributed to Liberation but their efforts appear wasted.
The Scott Storch-produced Still A Woman is one of my favourites because it has that throbbing beat which is infectiously addictive. Plus, Mya's low vocal register works quite well over the track. You also see Mya at her most seductive with the sexual slow number Lights Go Off which expresses the moment of bedroom intimacies. And then you see Mya go hard on Give A Chick A Hand (Paula Pete) which covers the concept of having another woman steal her man. Attitude-wise, it packs punch and has an interesting funkiness to it.
My standout tracks would have to be Lights Go Off, Still A Woman, Switch It Up (Carvin & Ivan) as well as heartfelt ballads Life Is Too Short (Bryan-Michael Cox) and Nothin At All (Tricky Stewart). In fact, I found myself more drawn to the second half of the album than the first. I just didn't find her faster paced tracks all that 'liberating' but the slow cuts were nice. I miss her Fear of Flying era which implemented the hotness that Mya once was back in the day.
Labels: ALBUM REVIEW, MYA