Flo'Ology

Flo'Ology

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by Floetry
     
 

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The chemistry between vocalist Marsha Ambrosius (the Songstress) and spoken-word artist Natalie Stewart (the Floacist) lay at the heart Floetry's head-turning 2002 debut, Floetic, and it continues to ignite sparks on the pair's sophomore follow-up, Flo'Ology. Aided by the in-studio touch of such producers as Scott Torch and Raphael Saadiq, the British

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The chemistry between vocalist Marsha Ambrosius (the Songstress) and spoken-word artist Natalie Stewart (the Floacist) lay at the heart Floetry's head-turning 2002 debut, Floetic, and it continues to ignite sparks on the pair's sophomore follow-up, Flo'Ology. Aided by the in-studio touch of such producers as Scott Torch and Raphael Saadiq, the British duo weave a thread of sensuality throughout these 11 songs, which are set in unobtrusive string arrangements and dreamy guitar strokings that recall classic '70s Gamble & Huff sides. Balancing out Ambrosius' sweet and full singing on slow jams like the emotive "Feelings" and the yearning, dancehall-tweaked "I Want U" is Stewart's seductive, Cockney-flavored purr. Nowhere is this more effective than on the self-explanatory "Lay Down," a song that moves from the Songstress' innocent asides to the Floacist's more pointed, room-by-room invitation. And while much of this album is tailor made to serve as a soundtrack for l'amour, the duo scratch their hip-hop itch on the opening cut, "Blessed 2 Have," which finds them trading rhymes over a Supertramp sample, and on "SupaStar," which brings Common aboard for a head-bobbing collaboration. And while the vocals are occasionally interchangeable, Flo'Ology is yet another testament to the distinct flavor that Floetry brings to the neo-soul banquet.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
Following their successful live album, Floetry returned to the studio after some much needed rest from constant touring and album-making. Relaxed and very much reenergized, Floetry then issued Flo'Ology, which rises to the top of the list as one of the best things the group has ever released. The blueprint pretty much stays the same: tasteful, funky neo-soul grooves blended with emotive R&B crooning and spoken word poetry. But there's a much-needed sense of refinement to their style and vocal delivery this time around, a hint of maturity that was lost on their debut and subsequent releases. The ferocity that made Floetic the album of the neo-soul jet set has been replaced by a calmer, more introspective duo confident of their abilities and -- most importantly -- understanding when to restrain themselves from becoming just another cookie-cutter R&B group (check out "Lay Down" for the best example of this discipline). The one thing detracting from Flo'Ology is the length of the songs, with many of them bordering on or exceeding the five-minute mark; combined with the repetition of themes, this length tends to drag down and unnecessarily carry songs on longer than they should, but that's a trivial complaint considering all of the fine-tuning, general improvement, and overall quality boost that Flo'Ology delivers from start to finish.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2005
Label:
Geffen Records
UPC:
0602498866221
catalogNumber:
000560902
Rank:
35922

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Floetry   Primary Artist
Davis A. Barnett   Strings
Larry Gold   Strings
Peter Nocella   Strings
Raphael Saadiq   Bass,Guitar
Olga Konopelsky   Strings
Emma Kummrow   Strings
Charlene Kwas   Strings
Igor Szwec   Strings
Kelvin Wooten   Keyboards
Eric D. Jackson   Guitar
Jeff Bradshaw   Trombone
Jennie Lorenzo   Strings
Robert Ozuna   Percussion,Drums
Stephen Groat   Strings

Technical Credits

Larry Gold   String Arrangements
J. Peter Robinson   Art Direction
Philip White   Composer
Raphael Saadiq   Composer,Producer
Kelvin Wooten   Composer,Producer
Matthew Lawrence   Producer
Keith Pelzer   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Whitey   Producer
Jim Bottari   Engineer
Marsha Ambrosius   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Darren "Limitless" Henson   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Natalie Stewart   Composer,Executive Producer
Kam Houff   Engineer
Robert Ozuna   Composer
Jared Gosselin   Composer
Lonnie Lynn   Composer
Alex Ortiz   Engineer
John McLincheley   Engineer
John McLinchley   Engineer
Scott Storch   Composer,Producer

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4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I haven't even bought the CD yet (it hasn't come out yet) but I've heard the whole album online and IT'S HOT!!! I really can't wait for it, it's been a long time coming and I'm soooo satisfied about the album (from listening to it) that I'm not mad anymore about the wait. Big UPs to these Sisters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Very good CD, but different than the first. Its more confident, and probably a little more feminine than Floetic. My main complaint is Flo'ology is too short. Some would call it more focused, I would call it less experimental. Good album, but a step back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Damn this is sooooo hot. I have the first cd and was waiting for the next impatiently. I had no idea they would funk it out like they did, they have outdone themselves with this cd. I love every song and I can't stop playing it. If you're looking for something that has a sweet sultry flow pick this up!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to really CHILL? Do yourself a favor get your favorite incents, a nice glass of wine, a good meal, your favorite person and play this album from start to finish. The wonderful thing about these women is that while you are being musically entertained (almost orgasmically) you are being educated on some deep life lessons. Track 1 is on that Deepak Chopra, Dr. Wayne Dyer (spiritual gurus)mode.