Day 8: Melanie Fiona – The Bridge

One of my favorite album’s lately has been Melanie Fiona’s The Bridge.  After seeing the video and spinning the single “Give It To Me Right” for months, I was psyched about the getting this album. Fiona had been generating quite a bit of buzz, especially after touring as the opening act for Kanye West on his “Glow In The Dark Tour” (in Europe).  With all the buzz, one still wonders why her album was pushed back so many times.  The record had been finished for quite some time (and not to mention it was released in Europe in 2008).  Let me guess – label politics?  But all that aside – the wait was worth it.  Fiona has put together an album that is memorable from start to finish.  It has a vintage feeling yet modern style and sensibilities.  It’s soul through and through.  And like Raphael Saadiq’s The Way I See It and Solange’s Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, it harks back to the old school music of the 60’s and 70’s without sounding too nostalgic, gimmicky, or unoriginal.  The music, lyrics, and Fiona’s rich, smoky voice make The Bridge an album that you can listen to over and over for years to come.  These are tunes all music lovers can enjoy. Aside from the first single, my other favorites include “It Kills Me,” “You Stop My Heart,” “Teach Him,” and “Bang Bang,” and “Monday Morning.”   Check it out!