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New Life''Gotta pack up my yesterdays,'' Monica sighs on the Mary J.-style phone-call intro to New Life. But by the sound of it, the singer hasn...New Life''Gotta pack up my yesterdays,'' Monica sighs on the Mary J.-style phone-call intro to New Life. But by the sound of it, the singer hasn...2012-04-06
'NEW' SOUNDS GO OLD Monica's seventh album goes heavy on the cheesy choruses and outdated tunes

'NEW' SOUNDS GO OLD Monica's seventh album goes heavy on the cheesy choruses and outdated tunes (Yu Tsai)

C+

New Life

Lead Performer: Monica; Music Label: RCA

”Gotta pack up my yesterdays,” Monica sighs on the Mary J.-style phone-call intro to New Life. But by the sound of it, the singer hasn’t closed her suitcases yet. Her seventh album is a thoroughly last-millennium set of self-help ballads about starting over (”Take a Chance”) and finding strength in tears (”Cry”), set to the kind of cheesy slow-jam beats that were hot back during Monica’s previous life as a ’90s teen phenom. C+

Best Tracks:
Sassy brush-off It All Belongs to Me
String-filled Cry

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