Lush, Laid-Back Songs
First of all, if you were wondering, the album's lead single and opening track, the Jermaine Dupri-produced "Everytime Tha Beat Drop," is definitely not typical of the album.
The song, which features Monica's fellow Atlantans Dem Franchize Boyz is one of the few tracks featuring rappers and is more of an upbeat, party song than all but a couple of other tracks on the album, including the Swizz Beatz-produced "Raw."
The album's second song, "A Dozen Roses (You Remind Me)," produced by Missy Elliot, is more typical of the album. It's a lush, laid-back, track that revolves around a Curtis Mayfield sample. The problem with it (if you want to call it that) is that it's a direct thematic clone of R. Kelly's "You Remind Me (of Something)." Monica herself even mentions that in the song.
But the following song, the mid-tempo "Sideline Ho," is an all-original. On the song, Monica explains to a man's 'other woman' that if he doesn't take her to church, spend holidays with her, give her credit cards, etc. then she's a "sideline ho."
Such drama-filled tales are typical of The Makings of Me and other songs, including "Hell No" and "Gotta Move On" typify this.
But on the flip side, there's also a few songs about good men, including "My Everything" and the Missy Elliot-produced "Doin' Me Right."
Overall, there's a good variety of material and many very-well written songs. There could have been better choices for guest rappers (Dem Franchize Boyz and Twista are so b-list) but most of the song production is rock-solid.
The odd thing is that as great a singer as Monica is, most of her songs on this album lack the emotion the song requires. She cuts loose on "Gotta Move On," (yet another Missy Elliot-produced track), but for the most part, Monica seems more concerned with pitch-perfect singing than singing with genuine emotion.
This hurts a few songs, such as the ballad "Getaway." Monica's a very good singer, but only does an adequate job of making the listener empathize with her.