If you don’t know Ledisi, it is high time that you were introduced to her. She is an 8 time Grammy nominated singer/songwriter. While she is not a mainstream artist, she is definitely a force to be reckoned with, this after releasing six solid albums. With the newest offering, The Truth, Sister Ledisi takes us in different direction, but not so far left that she loses us. With the promotion of this latest album Ledisi decided to give her fans a sexier and flirty version of herself. While she really doesn’t need to do this, because her voice speaks for itself, this is her attempt to stay competitive with her female counterparts.
Ledisi opens the album with I Blame You, which is the lead single from the album; the mid-tempo song is departure from the Ledisi that I am used to, but I must say it connects with me. It is a different feel, but not so different that listeners won’t be able to connect with it, I love this song for the first single simply because it gently eases fans into the new direction that Ledisi is taking with this new project. Up next on the album is Rock With You, this song is also a departure from Ledisi normal style, but this up-tempo song is a feel good song, I like this song, while not my favorite song, I wouldn’t skip it. Keeping in the vein of faster songs Ledisi hits us with That Good Good, on this song Ledisi lets her man know that if he not giving her that good good, then there is no reason for him to be there. I really like this song. I can’t say that I dislike the faster songs that Ledisi opened the album with; it doesn’t carry me too fast.
On Lose Control, Ledisi decides it’s time to slow it down and give us a good ole hip rolling song, this is one of those song you throw on when you want to set the mood for you and your significant other and create a unforgettable night. Ledisi will make you clearly make you lose control with this song, I can’t be responsible for what happens when this song comes one. This is one of my favorite tracks off the album. Next up is Like This, which is another slower song, where Ledisi gives listeners what they are used to from her. On this song Ledisi is telling her lover that she doesn’t want to argue, I like this song as well. Keeping with slower song is, Anything, which I absolutely love, it is a beautiful ballad on which Ledisi proclaims that she will do anything for her man! Now that is some real love right there, this is another favorite of mine.
The Truth, is the second single and title of the album, and when I tell you the song is THE TRUTH! This song right here is the cliff notes that you need when you know that it’s over. If ever you were at a loss for words on how to end it with someone just throw this on, and Sistah Ledisi says everything that you need to say and much more. This is another favorite mine. Missy Doubt, comes on next, I like the song, but it seems out of place right after The Truth, this isn’t one of my favorites, but it is not unbearable, but it is out place. It should have maybe been placed toward the beginning of the album with the faster songs. The song that should have came after The Truth, should have been, 88 Boxes, which is a song about ending a long relationship, the chorus says it all, “88 boxes I counted. My life it went from years to 88 boxes. After everything, that’s all I have. My life it went from years to 88 boxes. 88 boxes I counted.” This song is the epitome of a break-up song. I love this song. This is my favorite song off the album. Sistah Ledisi meant EVERY WORD of this!
Can’t Help Who You Love, is another slower song, I like it, but I wasn’t wowed by it. The next song, Mine, is another mid-tempo, I like it, but it not my favorite song off the album. I Swear, is a slow song, which love, it is another favorite of mine. Ledisi closes the album, with Quick Fix, which reminds me of Jill Scott, I like this song as well. Not sure if it was the best song to end the album with, but it will do.
The album as whole is very cohesive, with only one song that feels out of place. It shows that Ledisi is trying to express herself artistically with the faster and flirty songs, which her audience may not be used to. Ledisi does this seamlessly she doesn’t go so far left that her core audience feels out of place, but just enough to show her growth as an artist. She also shows her willingness to try new things with this album. This willingness paid off. I thoroughly enjoyed this album, I was a little hesitant when I saw Ledisi doing choreography on whatever award show that was, but I was pleasantly surprised with this album. This album is definitely worth a listen. Ledisi rarely disappoints with her albums.
Final Rating: 3.5/5