By Tierra Marie Oliver
After much anticipation, singer-songwriter Marsha Ambrosius released her debut solo album, “Late Nights & Early Mornings”, on Mar. 1.
Ambrosius, known as the Songstress, half of the soul duo of Floetry, satisfied the fans’ hunger for soulful sexy sounds, which they expected from Ambrosius in this album.
Like her previously released mix-tapes, “Sextape Pt1” and “Yours Sincerely,” LNEM is a breath of fresh air from the techno pop cesspool that floods the airways today.
Also a pianist, Ambrosius sets the mood with her airy vocals combined with R&B and soul background music to create an intimate, sensual experience for listeners.
Put simply, this album was intended for the grown and sexy.
The title song, co-written and produced by Rich Harrison, delivers a lusty mood.
Its sound is very Prince-esque with its high-pitched thrills and sexy 80s instrumentals.
It is reminiscent of Prince’s “Do Me Baby”.
“With You”, a track co-written with Alicia Keys follows suit with the overall tone of the album.
Being another sexy slow song, this track is intensely intimate and is the artist’s personal favorite.
Its explicitly honest lyrics coupled with the sound of Ambrosius moaning over a romantic piano melody gives this track the seductive quality implied by the album’s title.
Two singles have been released from this album so far: “I Hope She Cheats On You (With A Basketball Player)” and “Far Away”, the lyrically powerful ballad that personifies the pain of loses.
The album also includes a well-delivered cover of Lauren Hill’s “Lose Myself” and Ambrosius’s own remix of the hit she wrote for Michael Jackson, “Butterflies”.
Since going solo, Ambrosius has appeared on tracks with Jamie Foxx, Wale, Mickey Factz and Mario.
She has remained a sought after songwriter and producer.