LeToya Luckett is back on the scene with her second solo album, Lady Love. The former [and original] member of the leading girl group Destiny’s Child has now got all eyes and ears on her vocals, her lyrics and herself. Which I must admit, has me impressed. This album is better and stronger than her first self titled album LeToya (2006), showcasing a more laid back and comfortable LeToya, specifically lyrically. LeToya also experiments on this album, making it the work of art it is, working with various producers and artist such as Tank, Ne-Yo, Ludacris, Marsha Ambrosius, Estelle and Mims.
The album begins with a conceited but confident up-tempo song, “Lady Love”, where LeToya lets us know the kind of love she gives, followed by LeToya’s second single “She Ain’t Got”, which has been the #1 most added songs at Rhythmic radio on the U.S. Billboard – a good one for the clubs. LeToya Luckett’s first single “Not Anymore” which was written by Ne-Yo tells a story about a young lady who decides enough is enough and tells her no good womanizing partner to leave. A strong reintroduction of LeToya to the R&B game.
Other highlights include “Good To Me”, about LeToya’s wish list of what she wants in her dream man, and the smooth vibes of “Over”, which showcases LeToya’s unique voice with an ultimatum. My favourite song on the album is a steamy, sensual jam called “I Need You” which describes her deep yearning for a fantasy person.
The standout collaboration of this album has to be “Take Away Love” featuring Estelle, who brings a London touch to the song. The tempo becomingly slows down towards the end of the album, giving us “Drained”, “Tears”, “Don’t Need U” and the Marsha Ambrosius penned “Matter”. A genuinely impressive album would recommend it to any R&B lover. Lady Love takes a completely different direction from her last album and from her work in Destiny’s Child – and it is all for the better; you can see and hear the growth in LeToya Luckett.
Lady Love is out now on Capitol Records.
Reviewed by Diana Ayok