Ledisi – Turn Me Loose – music review



Artist: Ledisi
Title: Turn Me Loose
Label: Verve
Rating: 8/10

Corporate line:
2009 album from the Grammy Award-nominated vocalist featuring songs produced by Raphael Saadiq, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Chief XCel, Chucky Thompson, Rex Rideout and others. Although Ledisi was a seasoned artist before joining Verve, she says she is still finding herself musically. Turn Me Loose is a turning point in her artistic evolution. “During the making of this record, I was asking myself, ‘How do I maintain the listeners I have now and be myself as I today? That was the struggle. But I knew I needed to stretch myself and be more open to different people.” Features the first single ‘Goin’ Thru Changes’.

Latest Reviews:
LA Times: “Yet for all the sleek settings and the vocal firepower Ledisi deploys, “Turn Me Loose” doesn’t really present an artistic persona any more memorable than the earnest traditionalist from “Lost & Found.” Ledisi extols the power of transformation but fails to demonstrate who precisely she’s become.”
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Dallas Morning News: “While Lost & Found is definitely worth a listen, the record comes off restrained, even sleepy at times. Some of this newfound artistic stomp emerged on, of all things, Ledisi’s 2008 holiday disc, It’s Christmas. With Turn Me Loose, Ledisi busts open the door and boldly steps outside.”
Rating: A-
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About.com: “This album though, is more like a small river; it can also be relaxing, but there’s also enough going on to make you want to come back from time to time. And Turn Me Loose is definitely worth repeat listening.”
Rating: 3.5/5
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“When Ledisi’s voice is the only element making any of it make sense, making any cohesion of this material, her music becomes a frustrating work. Ledisi is a jazzy, funky, soulful powerhouse of an artist, so do what the album says and just turn her loose already! We think she’s so much better that way.”
Rating: Recommended
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THR Reviews: “Still, like a true woman, Ledisi keeps growing as she takes the good with the bad.”
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Billboard: “Still, like a true woman, Ledisi keeps growing as she takes the good with the bad.”
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