Music Review: Marsha Ambrosius | Late Nights & Early Mornings

Marsha Ambrosius gained fame as “the songtress” of the five-time Grammy award nominated duo Floetry.  But when the spoken word/lyrical hybrid split in 2007, Ambrosius set her sights on a solo career.

After languishing in development hell and leaving Dr. Dre’s record label, Aftermath Entertainment, the sexy England native finally drops her first solo album,  Late Nights & Early Mornings, a sensual 13 track set of unapologetic love songs and mellow mood music.

A flirty Ambrosius knows exactly what she wants and isn’t afraid to say it on “With You,” a track she co-wrote with Alicia Keys about the overwhelming lust of a long awaited sexual rendezvous.

“When we’re on the phone you’re giving me directions/Can’t even hold the pen straight such anticipation.”

If you think her silky vocals leave very little to the imagination, wait until you get a load of her moans, groans and sighs.  Her sound effects are what really turn up the heat on this alluring arrangement.

Other album highlights include the title track and the Just Blaze produced second single, “Far Away.” This sad recounting of a doomed romance made a splash on the Internet when the emotional, groundbreaking video starring an openly gay black male couple was released.

Overall, Late Nights is a solid effort and makes for some easy round-the-clock listening. Ambrosius finally steps out of the shadow of Floetry with a sound all her own on this convincing melodic freshman LP.

Late Nights & Early Mornings hits stores March 1.