- The Boy Is Mine by The Architechs - Monica CD 1998
- Artist: The Architechs, Monica
- Release Date: Jul 1998
- Format: CD
- Record Label: Arista Records (USA)
- Genre: Dance, R&B
- UPC: 078221901123
Brandy may have scored the first hit with the infectious catfight "The Boy Is Mine," but make no mistake: Monica owns that song. In the battle of the cute teenage soul songbirds, Monica Arnold wins hands down because she can sing her ass off and because she has better songs.
Monica's corner includes the vastly underrated producer Dallas Austin, who kicks in with edgy, moody cuts like "Street Symphony," a cautionary tale set to an orchestral groove, and "Ring da Bell," which plain-out flows. Unfortunately, this being the big-bucks world of '90s R&B, Monica is also saddled with de rigueur Diane Warren-David Foster exercises in ersatz soul and overwrought hokum. Why anyone would want to remake Richard Marx's "Right Here Waiting" is a mystery, but let's just say that Monica also has the smarts to cover Dorothy Moore's classic remake of the adult ballad "Misty Blue," thereby evening the score a bit.
It's a tribute to Monica's voice, a womanly alto of real shading and substance, that she can transform schlock into something that comes close to emotion. All of which makes The Boy Is Mine easy on the ears and secures Monica's further ascension.
This College Park, Atlanta native began singing in her church choir when she was merely four years old. If you look at it from that perspective, the young singer is practically a veteran. She certainly sounds it on THE BOY IS MINE, a spicy R&B offering that brims with precociousness. Though Monica's got the vocal chops to carry the album alone, she's not afraid to expand the sonic palette a bit by working with a couple of carefully chosen guest artists.
The title tune finds her in a duet with another young R&B sensation, Brandy, and the two women's voices make a perfect match. On "Gone Be Fine," Monica injects a little hip-hop into the mix, calling upon the substantial rapping talents of Outkast. Clive Davis himself co-produced THE BOY IS MINE, proof positive that Monica's talents have inspired as much confidence from the music industry as they have created admirers among R&B listeners.
1. Street Symphony
2. Boy Is Mine, The
3. Ring da Bell
4. First Night, The
5. Misty Blue
6. Angel of Mine
7. Gonna Be Fine - (featuring OutKast)
9. Take Him Back
10. Right Here Waiting - (featuring 112)
11. Cross the Room
12. I Keep It to Myself
13. For You I Will
This CD is in Excellent condition with some faint surface scratches that do not affect playability. You will receive CD with jewel case and all artwork.
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