Far too many limp ballads here
The ’90s were a good time to be a Monica. While Monica from ‘Friends’ reigned anally over the TV airwaves, the mononymous R&B singer Monica was at the top of the charts thanks to ‘The Boy Is Mine’, her classic tussle of a duet with Brandy. In 2012, however, things have changed: the Friends bunch are no more and Monica’s attempt to re-kindle ‘The Boy Is Mine’s magic with Brandy on ‘It All Belongs To Me’ earlier this year flopped dismally. Such limpness is a sad trait of Monica’s latest album. ‘New Life’ has its moments – Missy Elliot collaboration ‘Anything (To Find You)’ is a strapping banger – but overall there are far too many limp ballads to really excite.