- Published on Wednesday, November 21 2012
- Written by Sarah Osman
Soulful R&B singer Keyshia Cole, who is your girl to listen to if you’re dealing with a cheating man, nasty girlfriends, or are just feeling down in general, just released her fifth studio album, Woman to Woman, which was recorded in Los Angeles, New York, and Cleveland with mastermind producers Rodney Jerkins (Mary J. Blige), T-Minus (Drake, Nicki Minaj), Darhyl "DJ" Camper, Jr. (John Legend, R. Kelly), and Carlos McKinney (Usher). "Enough of No Love" was the lead single off Woman to Woman, and the newest single, “Trust & Believe”, is currently the most added song on Urban Radio.
As I listened to Woman to Woman, I was strongly reminded of Mary J. Blige’s tenacity and powerful voice as she cries out against drama and all of the pain in her life. Of course, Cole has her own unique voice that is simply wondrous to listen to, and you truly feel her sorrow in every syllable that bellows out on the album. I was personally drawn to the songs where Cole was particularly defiant and refused to back down against her lying cheat of a boyfriend or back-stabbing gal pals. I particularly loved the first single, “Enough of No Love”, where Cole sings out her heartbreak -- minus Lil Wayne’s unnecessary raps in the middle. I have nothing against Lil Wayne, but I didn't feel that he complimented Cole’s powerful voice on this track. Well, judge for yourself below!
But the real highlight of the album is “Trust & Believe”. Performed as a duet with Ashanti, the two songstresses lament to one another about how they both fell for the same man’s lies. Don't you hate it when that happens?? I enjoyed listening to the beautiful harmony of their voices, and I enjoyed the fact that this was a song about two women coming together rather than dueling over a cheating loser. The piano and soft drum beats serve Ashanti and Cole’s voices well, and the music video is simply as powerful.
I believe that this may be Cole’s most cohesive and consistently strong album. Although none of the material is particularly new, we can all relate to the pain of a broken heart or the shock of having a friend stab you in the back. Cole has certainly matured as an artist, and I appreciated her connection to me as a woman. For those of you out there who have been wronged by your man (or anyone for that matter), listen to this album — it is sure to help you get back on your feet and back in the game!
- Sarah Osman, YH Staff