When Amerie’s new CD “In Love & War” was released on Nov.3, my best friend and I rushed to my nearest Target to buy it, hoping to be one of the first hundred to get it. When we got back to my house that evening, I poured us a glass of wine and popped Amerie into my laptop, ready to hear her distinct talents come through the speakers.
“Tell Me You Love Me” opened with a full blast of trumpets and percussion, accompanied by Amerie’s boastful voice demanding for someone to tell her he loves her. I can honestly say I didn’t expect for a full funk band to be playing when I hit the play button. It definitely wasn’t one of my favorites, but I did enjoy “Paint Me Over.” She sang about being accepted by her lover for who she is instead of what he was trying to change her to be. “Pretty Brown Eyes” took me back to the 90s! She remixed the song originally done by “Mint Condition” with an added bonus of featuring the all-too-sexy Trey Songz. A few other fav’s are “Why R U the One,” “Dear John” and “Different People.”
The CD has a 50/50 split between its ‘good’ and ‘ok’ songs. I was really expecting more hits from “In Love & War” since it had gotten pushed back a few times. I sensed that it would be an album where I would really have to listen to it for all the songs to grow on me. After uploading it and listening to it more often, I really started to enjoy it.