Mel Monroe - Popular Demand

Published Wednesday 15th June 2011
Mel Monroe - Popular Demand
Mel Monroe - Popular Demand

STYLE: Hip-Hop
RATING 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 111129-18012
LABEL: Independent
FORMAT: Digital Only Album
RELEASE DATE: 2010-12-25

Reviewed by Sam Hailes

After releasing her debut project 'The Human Xperience' in 2009, 21 year old Mel returned with this mix tape last year. Aiming to speak to youth culture, the songs are up to date in message and style. "Pretty Girls" is about inner beauty being more important than outward appearance while smooth ballad "Second 2 Nothing" sees Mel rap about putting God first and demolishing idols. The passionate vocals on 'One' are reminiscent of gospel duo Mary Mary while "Lessons From Timothy" is a short but effective speech to today's young people. The lyrics on 'Popular Demand' are often hard hitting and challenging, "We want the power but do we want the loss/We want the crown but do we want the sacrifice?" she asks on "Power". There are also plenty of references to today's popular music, "he likes to whip his hair like Willow", Mel raps in "Ms Understood". But musically, there's nothing out of the ordinary. The sampling of Calvin Harris' hit "Acceptable In The '80s" is a pleasant surprise and marks a creative end to a decent release by a promising artist.

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Reader Comments

Posted by Alecia in North Carolina, U.S.A @ 00:05 on Jun 19 2011

I love her music. She's such a talented individual. It's great to see people, especially those of the younger generation, bring their talents back to God, to glorify Him. A must listen.

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