LeToya Luckett is back, more confident, and much more fun with her second album “Lady Love.” After dropping her self-titled debut in 2006, this time around Miss Luckett not only flexes her vocal muscles but does a good job of it—which is more than we can say for a lot of singers these days.
The biggest difference between this album and her last kicks off with the self-assured lead single “Not Anymore.” Unlike the indecisive “Torn” (from her first album) this song makes up its mind from the gate even including an ode to women empowerment and “knowing ones worth.” Penned by none other than Ne-yo (who we all know is pretty much a master at flipping a sappy break-up song and making it sassy. I mean honestly Beyonce’s Irreplaceable” and Rihanna’s “Take A Bow,” are the stuff that dreams are made of) is perfect when you’re teetering on the edge of keeping your man in your life, or kicking him to the curb where he belongs.
Another track assisting in Luckett’s bold new expression is the up-tempo “She Ain’t Got.” Despite being a little psychotic in the lyrics, Luckett shows off even more of her confidence with the hook “Who is this chick that you thinks all that? Tryna’ take you away but I ain’t having that. I’mma put my foot down on homegirl’s neck to make her see that, she ain’t got nothing on me.” We all know that a woman sure of herself and her relationship doesn’t really need to be fighting some chick too keep her man….but every once in a while we have a crazy day, so this song gets a lyrical pass for being relatable.
Luckily it’s not all about fighting your man, or leaving your man, or hitting some female with a bat over your man, on. “Lazy,” is a perfect hybrid of both the vulnerability and fear of getting into a new relationship. Other standouts include “Regret,” featuring Ludacris, which can be best paralleled to a slower version of Beyonce’s “Upgrade You.” Now I know, Beyonce and LeToya (and all the rest of Destiny’s Child) are over, so it’s not fare to compare them, but the overall concepts are close.
Aside from a couple missteps like “After Party,” which is just lame (there’s really no other way of putting it) “Lady Love” is solid attempt and has a song for everyday of your “relationship week.” It not only goes through the emotions of an up and down love story, but is original enough to dance to, giving it a few extra points on the R&B scale.
My Picks: ‘Not Anymore’, ‘She Ain’t Got’ & ‘Lazy’….I also like ‘Lady Love’….
Make sure you pick up your copy of Lady Love in stores or online today.