written by Carla Bynum
Monica has been able to have continued success over the course of the last twenty years and she shows no signs of slowing down. With her husband Shannon Brown and kids Rodney, Romelo, and Laiyah by her side, it’s them against the world.
The album’s first official single “Just Right For Me” premiered on Los Angeles radio station Power 106 on May 18th. The Polow Da Don-produced track features a sample from Smokey Robinson and the Miracles “Much Better Off” and a guest appearance by Lil Wayne.
Timbaland joins Monica on “Love Just Ain’t Enough” about a relationship where they don’t know if they are going to make it because their love doesn’t seem like it is enough to carry the entire relationship. He is going to miss out on a good thing if he keeps trippin’.
She is asking her man to stop lying to her because she already knows the truth. She asks him to “Call My Name” aloud if there’s nobody around his heart.
Monica’s husband Shannon Brown’s favorite song on the album is “I Know” and for good reason. Monica sings about finally trusting what she feels and this time around she feels this love is here to stay and won’t leave her cold.
One of the most important aspects of a successful relationship is trust but Monica seems to be having her doubts on the track “All Men Lie” featuring Timbaland.
Monica believes she and her husband were meant to be together and they have a relationship that some people spend their lives wishing for. She is “Deep” in love with him and she turned him into a believer of love.
“Hustler’s Ambition” keeps Akon away from his lady because it keeps him on the road. Monica wishes they could be together all the time but she knows he hits the road to provide for their family.
Monica wants to be the only one “Alone in Your Heart” because she knows her lover isn’t anyone else’s. Their bond is strong and she knows they are meant for each other.
“Suga” is one of the more upbeat songs on the album and has an old school feel. Monica sings about how she has her man hooked because he can’t get enough of her “suga.”
Monica promises that nobody can do her lover than she can. She is willing to cry an “Ocean of Tears” to get back to him. She needs him in her life and it gets harder to breathe without him.
Monica reminisces on her darkest moments on “Saints & Sinners.” When she has gone through tough moments, Monica remembers that when she gets lost along the way she needs His grace. The story is not over and it is only the beginning.
On the song “I Miss Music,” Monica pays homage to the good ol’ days when music was exciting and interesting. She misses the music those who are no longer with us, such as, Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston, Biggie, Tupac, Aaliyah, and Kurt Kobain. She also misses the days of the Fugees and Lauryn Hill, TLC, Aerosmith, Sting, Boyz II Men, Babyface, and Faith Evans.
There is nothing more special than love and they have to hold on through the rain. She won’t let her husband down because she is his “Anchor.” They have weathered the storm and have remained through the worst.
Monica has always especially excelled on ballads that showcase her true singing ability and that is no different on her latest album Code Red. The album is a true testament to the love and happiness she has in her life and I am here for it.
Recommended Tracks: “I Know,” “Hustler’s Ambition,” “Ocean of Tears,” “Anchor,” “Saints & Sinners”