Bridge

The Bridge

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by Melanie Fiona
     
 

Melanie Fiona's debut single, "Give It to Me Right," was a perfect 2009 pop-R&B recording. The single coupled a timeless classic (the Zombies' "Time of the Season") with roof-raising vocals and infectious pop hooks that stick like peanut butter. Fiona's single was perfect, albeit a touch formulaic. Because of this, it's no surprise that a…  See more details below

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Melanie Fiona's debut single, "Give It to Me Right," was a perfect 2009 pop-R&B recording. The single coupled a timeless classic (the Zombies' "Time of the Season") with roof-raising vocals and infectious pop hooks that stick like peanut butter. Fiona's single was perfect, albeit a touch formulaic. Because of this, it's no surprise that a large chunk of her debut album, The Bridge, is much of the same. Like any good 2009 pop-soul recording, the album offers influences from decades of soul music; Fiona, a Kanye West protégé, collaborates with about as many styles of music as she had producers and writers, who include most prominently Canadian R&B singer/songwriter Andrea Martin, Rob Fusari, Peter Wade Keusch, Sidh Solanki, Vada Nobles, Bill Blast, Future Cut, Stereotypes, Dan Strong, JK, Jay Fenix, and Affiliate. This mash-up of masterminds is a good thing; it offers the listener generous portions of put-together pop songs which color outside the lines in terms of genre. A little hip-hop doesn't hurt the album, either, Fiona does quite well on "Ay-Yo," which is more than just a little bit Lauryn Hill. Ultimately, Fiona's not uncovering much new territory on this release -- Amy Winehouse had already released something in the vein of "Walk on By," Divine Brown has tunes that could easily be swapped with "Bang Bang," and much of Solange's second album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, can be intermixed with this album (although Fiona's "Please Don't Go," which is retro-R&B in total Technicolor, is much stronger than anything Knowles ever recorded. And if you like the aforementioned artists, you'll love the tracks that remind you of them). Still, Fiona's release may not venture into unknown realms, but where it does go, it goes masterfully. "Johnny" is a recording that truly does mash up genres, and it does so in a beautiful way. "You Stop My Heart," with its soft drumming and immaculate vocals, is a contender for strongest crossover track of the year by a debut artist. Overall, though, The Bridge is an R&B album which doesn't offer much in terms of strict rhythm & blues -- the only true track in that vein is the haunting (and clichéd) "It Kills Me." Even so, Fiona's debut seems to tackle many styles and techniques that constitute good music in 2009, regardless of defined genre, and tackles them in an exciting and fresh way. The Bridge is the perfect launching pad for a solid career where she can further explore her possibilities as an artist, seeing as she appeals to the masses as well as the critics.

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Product Details

Release Date:
11/10/2009
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602527114415
catalogNumber:
001315002
Rank:
41215

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Melanie Fiona   Primary Artist
Stanley Brown   Organ,Drums,Keyboards
Andrea Martin   Background Vocals
Darren Lewis   Keyboards
Raymond Angry   Keyboards
Sidh Solanki   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Tom Kafafian   Guitar
Claude Kelly   Vocals
Iyiola Babalola   Percussion

Technical Credits

Dennis Bovell   Composer
Bill Blast   Producer
Stanley Brown   Producer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Andrea Martin   Composer,Lyricist,Producer,Vocal Producer
Jay Brown   Producer
Darren Lewis   Programming
Rob Fusari   Composer,Engineer
A. Brooks   Composer
A. Martin   Composer
Vada Nobles   Producer
Nisan Stewart   Vocal Producer
Victor Mancusi   Programming,Engineer
Stereotypes   Producer
Peter Wade Keusch   Producer,Engineer
Sidh Solanki   Producer
Jason Agel   Engineer
Rob Kinelski   Engineer
Iyiola Babalola   Programming
Doug Fenske   Engineer
Saam Hashemi   Engineer
Bruno Mars   Vocal Producer
Perez Hilton   Author
Melanie Fiona   Vocal Producer

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The Bridge 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
TUmeko1272 More than 1 year ago
Melanie Fiona is a breath of fresh air on today's music scene. Not only is she wearing her own hair, she can actually sing and she's cute to boot! Her first single, It Kills Me is a bonafide hit with R & B fans as well as Pop fans too. It's soulful and honest, bold and frank. I love it! Now, being a fan of soul music, I was at first disappointed that the whole CD doesn't contain more soulful tunes like it's firs single, however, I was already warned through interviews that her CD consist of old sounds from decades gone by with an influence of the islands. I knew I was taking a gamble on something different. It's different for sure, it's eclectic. It sounds like the 60s, 70s , 80s and beyond. It depends on each music listeners taste, whether one can truly appreciate it. If you are looking for more soulful ballads and some hip hop joints to break a sweat to, this CD is not for you. If you like a CD inspired/influenced by different generes of music (within the the soul music spectrum) then you will like this CD. It's not bad by a long shot. It's well written, filled with passion and plenty of talent is present to keep you entertained. It is indeed different and different does not mean bad. You can't get bored with this CD. Each song offers a new experience. I would recommend it to a risk taking, open minded music listener. If you are looking for today's R&B soul/hip hop mix, this is not your CD. If you want talented vocals, great musicianship, production and writing that has substance w/an eclectic sound, take a chance on something new and fresh! I appreciate this artist's passion, talent and boldness to be different and not like the rest. For that alone, she deserves our respect and support!
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Mai_picks More than 1 year ago
I love Melanie Fiona. I love Alicia Keys and when I heard she was touring w/Melanie Fiona, I was like "Who's Melanie Fiona?" Well, I'm glad I found out who she is!! I love her mix of soul with the sound of the '60's. The lyrics are catchy. My sons and I love "Bang, Bang". It's constantly playing in the car and repeats on my iPod!!