Album Review: Keyshia Cole – ‘Woman to Woman’

Two years ago, Keyshia Cole released her fourth studio album, Calling All Hearts. Although it was a great album, it wasn’t a commercial success. In fact, it is Cole’s lowest-selling album to date. Some people believe that the album didn’t do so well because the music didn’t resonate with her fans.  “I was pregnant,” Cole said in a recent interview. “I was going through a lot with my family at the time. Some of the songs were about them. It was an extremely emotional time and it reflected on the album. When you’re pregnant, you’re 10 times more emotional about everything. There was just a lot going on back then.

Today, Cole released her fifth studio album, Woman to Woman. “It’s for women who have been through similar situations and can relate to me,” Cole explained in a recent interview, hoping to regain the support from her fans.

Woman to Woman includes guest features from Lil Wayne, Meek Mill, Ashanti, Robin Thicke, and R&B newcomer Elijah Blake.

The album begins with lead single, “Enough of No Love,” featuring Lil Wayne. On the Harmony Samuels production, Cole sings about being fed up with a broken relationship. “I can’t stay here because I’ve had enough of no love,” Cole sings. The catchy chorus will have you singing along before you know it.

Following “Enough of No Love” is “Zero,” which features Maybach Music Group artist Meek Mill. On the mid-tempo track, Cole expresses her frustration with her man who continues to lie to her. As a result, she leaves him with nothing. “You see it pays to tell the truth, feel so sorry for you/ You could’ve had it all, too bad you gotta fall.”

On “Missing Me,” Cole reflects on a past relationship and is angry that things couldn’t work out. “Who do you think you are to say you’re the best that I ever had,” Cole sings. “I bet you missing me now that my love ain’t around.”

On “Trust and Believe,” the second single from the album, Cole confronts her unfaithful lover who has been creeping with her best friend. After learning about that, Cole wants nothing to do with him. “Trust and believe me, you’re going to need me/I’m so over you, go get lost.” This song is certainly an anthem for any woman who is dealing with a man who has cheated on her.

Following “Trust and Believe,” is “Get it Right.” On the new jack swing track, Cole believes her man is cheating on her. He has been wearing new cologne, didn’t recognize her in his favorite dress, and his sex game became very lackluster.

Cole recruits Ashanti for the title track of the album, which was co-written by Ashanti. The song finds Cole having a “woman to woman” conversation with a woman (Ashanti) who has been involved with her man. It is probably one of the best songs on the album and has the potential of becoming a single in the future

Just when you think the album is about heartbreak and pain, Cole takes things to a lighter note with sensual songs like “Wonderland” featuring Elijah Blake and 90’s-influenced track “Hey Sexy.”

“I Choose You” is another standout track off the album. Cole confesses that even though she is with a man who treats her right, she still has feeling for her ex. She tries getting over him and hating him but it doesn’t work. “I tried hating you, but I just love you more/ Compared him to you, but he can’t match your score,” Cole sings. Her vocals on this song are similar to her vocals on “Love.”

On the up-tempo track “Stubborn,” Cole self-reflects on how her stubborn ways has caused problems, when it comes to love. The song was produced by Rodney Jerkins and includes pop-elements, especially towards the end of the song.

“Next Move” features background vocals from singer Robin Thicke. It’s a nice song but Thicke could have sung more.

Cole ends the album on a positive note with “Signature,” a heartfelt song about Cole finally finding love. One could assume that this song is dedicated to her husband Daniel Gibson.

Woman to Woman is a masterpiece and is certainly one of the best R&B albums released this year. Although Cole went back to her roots with this album, she also showed growth in her vocal performance and overall delivery. There weren’t any ratchet lyrics like there were on her first album. Cole really gave her fans what they wanted on this project and that’s something to respect.

Standout tracks: “Enough of No Love,” “Zero,” Trust and Believe,” “Woman to Woman” “I Choose You,” and  “Hey Sexy.”

 Buy Woman to Woman (Deluxe Edition) on iTunes 

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Keyshia Cole Announces ‘Ride’ as Next Single

Without an official radio impact date, Keyshia Cole teases Kamiayah-assisted track as her new single from 11:11 Reset.

In a series of Instagram posts, the “I Ain’t Thru” songstress shared snippets of the Drumma Boy produced track, captioning “Coming next 🔥🔥.”

The wavy track, sampling Tupac Shakur’s “Hail Mary,” finds the Oakland pair sittin’ on ready and ready to pull up on anyone who gets out of line. “One hundred, nothing fake about me / She better watch what she say about me, ” claps Keysh.

Lyricist Kamiyah is mean with her delivery, too. “I got some bitches outside that’ll ride for me / No lie, two times, they’ll die for me,” spits the rising rapper.

11:11 Reset is available digitally and in stores now.

Crank up “Ride,” and remind haters they don’t want no problems.

Listen to Keyshia Cole’s Comeback Album ’11:11 Reset’

Keyshia Cole is officially back with her new album 11:11 Reset!

The album’s release has been long-awaited since her lead single “You” featuring Remy Ma and French Montana dropped in late January. In March, the Oakland-born singer confirmed that she would be joining the cast of Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood for its fourth season on VH1. The finale and the first part of the reunion special aired this past Monday, Oct. 16.

This is Cole’s first album in three years following her 2014 effort Point of No Return. The album includes features from DJ Khaled and rappers Young Thug, Kamaiyah, and Too $hort. It was preceded by singles “Vault,” “Best Friend,” and current single “Incapable,” which sits at No. 28 on the Urban AC chart this week.

Cole has been on a promoting spree for 11:11 Reset, including a performance on ‘Wendy.’ She will also perform on the second part of the “Love and Hip Hop: Hollywood” reunion special on Oct. 23 and Lip Sync Battle, with that air date TBA.

Stream 11:11 Reset in its entirety below.

Keyshia Cole Brings ‘Incapable’ to ‘The Wendy Williams Show’

Keyshia Cole silently visits The Wendy Williams Show on Thursday (Oct. 19) to market her seventh studio album, 11:11 Reset. 

Giving us Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego tease, the Oakland native sung her new single “Incapable” for the live studio audience. She even brought four hot male dancers and her own choreography to the heartfelt performance.

After belting the personal lyrics, Cole briefly spoke to the daytime maven about her new album. “It’s a lot of honesty and truth,” she said. The Calling All Hearts artist also dished on her sole purpose for joining the latest season of Love and Hip-Hop: Hollywood. “I’m on ‘Love and Hip-Hop’ promoting my music. I felt like it would be a great driver for the album. That was the main objective.”

11:11 Reset features soon-to-be hits like “Incapable,” “Best Friend” and “Vault”. The star-studded album includes guest appearances from Young Thug, DJ Khaled, Too $hort, Kamaiyah, Remy Ma and French Montana.

Check out Keyshia’s “Incapable” performance below and get your copy of 11:11 Reset now!