Flo'Ology

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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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...
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Barnes & Noble - Dave Gil de Rubio
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2005
  • Label: Geffen Records
  • UPC: 602498866221
  • Catalog Number: 000560902
  • Sales rank: 44,842

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Blessed 2 Have (3:57)
  2. 2 Supastar (4:12)
  3. 3 Closer (4:03)
  4. 4 My Apology (4:06)
  5. 5 Let Me in (4:25)
  6. 6 Lay Down (5:00)
  7. 7 Feelings (5:02)
  8. 8 Sometimes U Make Me Smile (6:38)
  9. 9 I'll Die (4:41)
  10. 10 Imagination (6:34)
  11. 11 I Want U (5:47)
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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
Scott Spencer Storch Composer, Producer
Philip White Composer
Raphael Saadiq Composer, Producer
Chris Athens Mastering
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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Plan your evening around this CD

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dollicious

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Definitely a different project

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I LOVE FLOETRY!

    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.

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