There's little doubt that Monica is one of the best pure singers in R&B today. In an industry where vocalists increasingly rely on studio technology and crafty producers to make them sound good, Monica's the real deal: she could probably sing the phone book acapella and still sound sweet. But a couple of the knocks against her have been the occasional lack of emotion in her vocals, as well as a very narrow musical focus. On her seventh studio album, New Life, which was released in the U.S. April 10, 2012, she's definitely more vocally emotive than in the past, which to an extent makes up for the album's very narrow theme, which limits the overall appeal. For more, click the link to read the full review of Monica's New Life.