”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+
'NEW' SOUNDS GO OLD Monica's seventh album goes heavy on the cheesy choruses and outdated tunes (Yu Tsai)
Lead Performer: Monica; Music Label: RCA
Posted January 17 2015 — 5:04 PM EST
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