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… 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… 2012-04-10 Monica RCA
Music Review

New Life (2012)

'NEW' SOUNDS GO OLD Monica's seventh album goes heavy on the cheesy choruses and outdated tunes
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'NEW' SOUNDS GO OLD Monica's seventh album goes heavy on the cheesy choruses and outdated tunes
EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Apr 10, 2012; Lead Performance: Monica; Production: 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

Originally posted Apr 04, 2012 Published in issue #1202 Apr 13, 2012 Order article reprints
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