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Album Review: Teena Marie - 'Beautiful'

By January 15, 2013

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Late, great R&B legend Teena Marie was working on her 14th studio album when she suddenly died in December 2010. Some people might have given up on the project after Teena's death and indefinitely shelved it, but fortunately that didn't happen here. The album, which was eventually titled Beautiful and came out in the U.S. Jan. 15, 2013, was seen to completion by Teena's 20-year-old daughter Alia Rose, who sings with her Mom on two tracks, a cover of Curtis Mayfield's "Give Me Your Love" and "Rare Breed," which she co-wrote. Anyone fearing that this might turn out to be an album of half-baked leftovers that might damage to Lady Tee's legacy can rest easy. Fortunately, Beautiful is a vibrant, well-rounded album of retro R&B with the same strong, powerful vocals Teena Marie fans had come to expect from her. It's fairly evident from the quality of this album that it was a labor of love for Teena Marie's daughter as well as everyone else who helped guide it to completion. Fortunately, the producers resisted the temptation to layer the album with various flourishes that would have sounded out of place or gone against the grain as far as Teena's classic singing style goes. In fact, if you didn't know any better, you might think that this was an an album from Teena's 1980s heyday. Everything about it either intentionally or subconsciously pays tribute to Teena's career as a whole. For more, click the link below to check out the full analysis of Teena Marie's Beautiful.

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