Published Aug 08, 2015Teedra Moses, how we've missed you. Whether or not one recollects the New Orleans vocalist's 2005 debut Complex Simplicity (and singles "Backstroke" and "Be Your Girl"), her laid-back style of hip-hop/neo soul has been missing from the scene and played an integral role in shaping the contemporary R&B sound.
Cognac & Conversation is her long-awaited sophomore album, and recalls early 2000s R&B. Admittedly, things start off a tad on the sluggish side, as opener "RU Scared" doesn't really rise higher than average. It picks up with "All I Ever Wanted," which features Rick Ross, who generally is on his best behaviour with a PG-rated, cuss-free verse as the two ride a classic Camp Lo "Luchini (This is It)" sample. Ross makes another appearance on the album title track, which sparkles with a chilled out flow. The album high is achieved on lead single "Get It Right," which bumps "I ain't the average kind" vocals over a piano-driven beat that recalls her earlier output.
Cognac & Conversation is a breezy slice of R&B. Moses was seriously overdue; now, she's back. (Shanachie)