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Saturday, September 26, 2015

Jené: Jené's Reign (Promo CDr) (Motown Records, 2002)

Further unreleased music from Louisiana native Jené who was briefly signed to Motown Records in the early 2000s but disappeared after only two singles (Get Into Something & Phenomenal Woman (Jenē's Reign.) A very talented vocalist, there is very little information on her but she allegedly fell victim to reality trash TV scandal. Her then-forthcoming debut LP was shelved and as far as I am aware, it wasn't even picked up for distribution in Europe or Japan. A front cover does exist, along with a supposed catalog #, but I have thus far been unable to find it for sale anywhere.With attitude-oozing R&B-pop songs and sweeping diva-esque ballads, it fits nicely between P!nk's 1999 debut and Kiley Dean's unreleased 2003 effort as the best blue-eyed contemporary R&B had to offer back then. Such a shame that a lot of it was slept on in favor of poppier rubbish by Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera...

Featuring production from Full Force, Christopher "Deep" Henderson, Teddy Bishop & Allen "Allstar" Gordon..

Trophy Girl 2:55
All Night Flight Pt. 1 1:07
Get Into Something 3:48
Phenomenal Woman (Jenes Reign) ft. Loon 4:36
Butterfly 4:06
Sometimes It Hurts 4:07
I Cant Deny It 4:01
Stop The Cheatin 3:06
Dont Sop 3:45
Hurts So Bad 3:42
Throw Your Tears Away 5:01
All Night Flight Pt. 2 1:09
We Dance 3:39
What I Told You 3:49
If Only You Believe 3:41

Track 1 features a sample from the Eurythmics song 1983 song Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
Track 4 features a sample from Sylvia Striplin's 1980 song You Can't Take That Away. 

La' Trese: S/T (Abdul 215 Entertainment, 2000)

From Philly, yet another early 2000s urban-crossover artist and the daughter of 80s funk guitarist Tony Jones. Mainly an upbeat record with DC-esque R&B-pop songs mixed with a little neo soul. I don't know if it spawned any singles but it is thus far her only full-length release...

(Intro) Creep Alert 0:58
Creepin 4:07
You Just Don't Know 2:56
Love Me Like You 2:56
(Midtro) X 0:15
Can She 3:111
Jonesin 3:52
Never Say Never 4:28
Letters In My Box 4:38
Always On My Mind 3:53
Let Them Know 2:54
U 4:20
My Love 4:35
(Outro) Mail 1:04

1Vocal arrangements by fellow Philly singer Monique Moseé

Monique Moseé: A Girl Like Me (KNR Entertainment, 2000)

A very short but sweet indie R&B album from Philly-based singer Monique Moseé. A blend of Destiny's Child-esque arrangements, Latin and hip hop vibes with warm, jazzy vocals, it is her one and only album and was released in 2000. Quite contemporary, especially tracks 2 & 3 which sound like they could be lifted from any popular R&B album during the early 2000s but sadly when you exclude all the interludes and the 2 remixes it isn't really any more than six tracks in length... The artist gives props to many popular artists for inspiring her, notably Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Kelly Price, Faith Evans and Monica Arnold.

Destiny (Intro) 0:51
Girl Like Me 3:01
I'm The One 3:15
I'm The One (Interlude) 0:48
Toda A La Noche (All Night Long) 3:33
Give It To You 4:22
S.O.S. (Interlude) 0:36
S.O.S. 3:41
''YOU'' 4:47
Girl Like Me featuring ROC-MONEE 3:11
Toda A La Noche (All Night Long) featuring ''Nitty Gritty" 3:33
Thank You (Outro) 1:56
Hidden Track: Be Careful Where You Hang (Interlude) 3:08