Mykah Montgomery

Me & U

Mykah Montgomery’s soprano tones are soft, sensual, and cotton-candy
sweet. Granddaughter of noted jazz pianist and vibraharpist Buddy
Montgomery and grandniece of the late, legendary guitarist Wes
Montgomery, Mykah made her recording debut fifteen years back with
Emage, an Oakland singing trio that cut a nice yet little-noticed CD
for Mercury. Emage modeled its sugary soul sound on that of another
female vocal threesome, the Emotions of Chicago, famous for hits “So I
Can Love You,” “Best of My Love,” and “Boogie Wonderland.”

The Emotions influence also permeates Montgomery’s first solo
outing. It even includes a ballad titled “Best of My Love,” written by one Theophilus “T” Coakley, although it doesn’t much resemble the Emotions’ 1977 hit, which was more similar to the Eagles’ same-titled smash of three years earlier.
Montgomery penned fourteen of the eighteen tunes on Me & U
and also produced or arranged many. Several of the up-tempo numbers
that open the disc suffer from melodic and lyric repetition and
hackneyed drum programming. Ballads predominate, and Montgomery’s
overdubbed, high-pitched harmonies, when meshed with trebly synthesizer
lines, too often leave behind a sticky goo.

She thankfully deviates from the format on a few numbers, dropping
to a warm alto as sings against gorgeously layered harmonies and
minimal instrumental support on “Look What You’ve Done to Me” and
applying wide, Take 6-like jazz harmonies to the subtly funky “You Make
it Real.” (M.E. Records)

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