An irresistible blend of blues, rootsy soul, and soft acoustic. A truly impressive...
Keysha Davis 2002-11-20
Southern Hummingbird is the stuff of real divas. Tweet's inherent melancholy further confirms the musical rite of passage in the tradition of other soul greats such as Aretha, Mary J Blige and Billie Holiday - artists whose greatness has always been co-dependent on their personal tragedies.
Tweet's life story to date is the stuff of bio-pics. A sour romance, swiftly followed by a stint in an unsuccessful girl group led to broken promises and personal heartache. Both served as an autocue for her suicide contemplation in the form of taking a lethal dosage of pills.
Rescued in the nick of time by long-time friend Missy Elliot, Tweet was presented with the opportunity to sing backing vocals on her album - the break that was needed to enter into the nepotistic and guarded world of the music industry. And how grateful we should be.
"Smoking Cigarettes" is a lush, laid back affair in the tradition of bluesy 70's soul. Multi-layered vocals, a sexy snare drum support a personal shout out to the wonderment of cigarette smoking as a coping mechanism. "I can't forget your ways I still remember our first kiss, now I'm nervous and trembling smoking cigarettes at night&." Whilst "Drunk" further explores the use of intoxicants in a tense, atmospheric track which finds the singer broken and alone with only the aid of alcohol for company.
The feel good factor is boosted on "Boogie 2 Nite", a Lucy Pearl inspired song where a repetitive funky guitar riff sets off the party vibe. By now, if you aren't accustomed to "Oops (Oh My)" you've definitely been marooned on an island somewhere. Whether you interpret this track as a celebration of female masturbation or a tribute to self-love, this superb groove is unmistakably Timbaland. Quick syncopated rhythms and Tweet's raspy vocals are a winning formula - a certified club classic, no doubt.
This album is an irresistible blend of blues, rootsy soul, and soft acoustic rock, with poignant and heartfelt lyrical phrasing. A truly impressive debut album so expect more soulful humming from one of r&b's rising stars.