12 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The edge-of-your-seat quality in Keyshia Cole’s delivery isn't just intact on Woman to Woman—it's more intense than ever. The album opener storms forth with an urban ominousness. Cole rises to the setting, increasing the stakes on an already-dramatic track. Her voice whips to the front of the beat like a bright scarf in a cold wind. That’s the essence of Cole: regardless of the storm, she'll step out in it and stand tall. Woman to Woman might be her most consistent effort to date. It runs a concise 12 songs, with a minimum of filler. There are moments of cliffside romance (“Trust and Believe”), soul tunes svelte and sassy (“Missing Me,” “Zero”), and creative approaches to high-energy dance pop (“Get It Right,” “Stubborn”). She never sounds like she’s singing just because someone's paying her; her music has an urgency rarely experienced in modern pop music. Furthermore, Woman to Woman feels authentic; listeners won't assume that Cole took on a club song just to get airplay. Wholeheartedly, and without an ounce of jadedness, this album feels like her music and her message.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The edge-of-your-seat quality in Keyshia Cole’s delivery isn't just intact on Woman to Woman—it's more intense than ever. The album opener storms forth with an urban ominousness. Cole rises to the setting, increasing the stakes on an already-dramatic track. Her voice whips to the front of the beat like a bright scarf in a cold wind. That’s the essence of Cole: regardless of the storm, she'll step out in it and stand tall. Woman to Woman might be her most consistent effort to date. It runs a concise 12 songs, with a minimum of filler. There are moments of cliffside romance (“Trust and Believe”), soul tunes svelte and sassy (“Missing Me,” “Zero”), and creative approaches to high-energy dance pop (“Get It Right,” “Stubborn”). She never sounds like she’s singing just because someone's paying her; her music has an urgency rarely experienced in modern pop music. Furthermore, Woman to Woman feels authentic; listeners won't assume that Cole took on a club song just to get airplay. Wholeheartedly, and without an ounce of jadedness, this album feels like her music and her message.

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