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Complex Simplicity

August 10, 2004 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: August 10, 2004
  • Label: The Orchard
  • Copyright: (c) 2004 The Orchard
  • Total Length: 1:02:03
  • Genres:
  • ASIN: B002U9BOJ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,645 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

Customer Reviews

Teedra Moses is a real artist with real talent.
Kise
You rarely find a cd that you can play from start to end without skipping wack tracks.
Kimberly Bratton
My favorite songs are Caution, Complex Simplicity, and Caught Up.
BKBeau

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kent Browning on August 12, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Teedra Moses's debut album is a sexy urban record with great production and creative writing. One might say a throwback to Mary J Blige (the banging "Out of my head") and even 80's r&b siren Cherelle (the suggestive "Caution")

The lead single "Be your girl" is a laid back groove about a woman going for what she wants. Moses's vocals are similar to an Amerie, but more competent. Her silky duet with Raphael Saadiq "Take me back" is also a nicely crafted piece. Saadiq knows how to work magic with female vocalists.

The confrontational "You better tell her" finds Moses taking a more direct approach regarding a man she is after. The title track is also a winner and tells a message that we all better have a good time while we're still living. Other standouts are the slow jam "No more tears" and the Jadakiss duet "You'll never find (a better woman)"

This great debut by the west coast vocalist is sure to keep you interested weather you play it in your jeep or put in on while you're taking a bubble bath. A funky, laid back, jazzy urban set "Complex Simplicity" is worth your purchase.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. Highsmith on August 24, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I honestly have to say that I didn't have any idea who Teedra Moses was until I saw her video for "Be Your Girl" on BET's Midnight Love. You can easily say that she is a nice looking woman, but I couldn't help but wonder was there any talent behind the beautiful face. One of my friends downloaded a song of hers "You'll Never Find (A Better Woman)" with Jadakiss and after hearing how tight that song was, I decided to purchase "Complex Simplicity".

"Be Your Girl" is a nice midtempo song. The video was nice, but the song was something that you can listen to more than once whether the radio plays the song or not. "You'll Never Find ( A Better Woman)" is my favorite song on this CD. Teedra's main producer Paul Poli definitely did her justice with the beat on this track. Jadakiss adds a nice verse to the song as well and this song should be the next single from this CD. I have to agree with reviewer "Kent Browning" because after I listened to this CD twice, Amerie was the first thing that came to my mind, because their voices sound similar. However, although I did enjoy Amerie's "All I Have" CD, you can tell that Teedra played more of a role with what went on with her debut. "Caution" is a nice uptempo jam that will have you trying to find the nearest roller skating rink, with its 80s feel to it. "No More Tears" has Teedra wanting to just chill and be able to deal with the normal things in life and be happy without having to deal with a man that is constantly letting her down and breaking her heart. This track samples one of my favrorite Outkast songs of all time, "Spottieottiedopalicious". After detailing how she doesn't want to deal with the heartache, she then wants a love of her own on "Rescue Me".
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BKBeau on October 29, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Almost every review on this board has said the same thing, so you already know that this album is great and you need to go pick it up right now. I particularly like the songs that throw it back to the 80's R&B that I miss so much! Unfortunately R&B right now is all about beats and overproduction, it's all so mundane and boring. Out of that comes Teedra, a breath of fresh air. My favorite songs are Caution, Complex Simplicity, and Caught Up. When I listen to those songs my mind immediately drifts off to the late 80's with all it's incredible music and I can't help but long for days gone by. It's unfortunate that's she's not getting the promotion she deserves. But I've seen other artists (ex: Maxwell) sell out shows with hardly any support from radio/MTV/BET. So fans/admirers keep supporting her, be her "street team" and tell other people about her music. I had never heard of her, not even one song, but the sheer enthusiasm of the guy working at the record store compelled me to buy it and I wasn't disappointed. I just hope that her current "under the radar" status doesn't deter her or TVT records so that they would try to change her sound, because it's obvious by the amount/content of reviews on this board, she has created a base of life-long fans! Much respect to Teedra!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Tiffanie on September 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This CD is AMAZING! I got turned on to her bc some of her songs were featured on a tv progam that I watch. So, i decided to go out and get the CD based on the couple songs I had heard. This was one of the best buys I had made in a while. Teedra is so talented and the album is great! It's a breath of fresh air from the "usual" R&B singers. Although she isn't a neo-soul artist, this CD def. brings something different to the table, a much needed upgrade for R&B. It's a MUST BUY for music lovers!!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Myles Q. Davis on November 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Give a young, sexy lady a mic, stir repeatedly, bake at 450 degrees and see what you get. Most of the time, you end up with a hot dish of nothing, but Teedra Moses is no run of the mill diva. Blessed with a rapturous voice, at one point warm and honey kissed, other times filled with street sass and passion, makes Moses versatile indeed. 'Complex Simplicity', released on independent label TVT ( their roster includes Yin Yang Twins, Pitbull, and Jacki-O) may seem an odd place for this young flower, but Teedra can keep it gangsta herself. Complex Simplicity is great because instead of filler, or those awful interludes, she opts for quality soul numbers and by the time the CD stops playing, you feel you have experienced something great. It's decidedly fresh, blending hip-hop elements, jazzy stylings, and lush arrangements, and at this point in time, R&B needs all the freshness it can get.

Moses injects her well-composed songs with honest lyrics that paint a portrait of a young woman who grew up too fast, but learned a lot along the way. 'Complex Simplicity', an amazing, chilled up-tempo track vibes with uplifting lyrics and Teedra's humble vocals. 'Take Me', feat. Raphael Saddiq, is a lush, retro slow burner that unfolds as a street fairytale. It's pure heaven, indeed... Teedra whispers lyrical passion on 'Backstroke', a groovy slow-jam meant for grown folks only.

There are of course many other standouts. Teedra takes it to the streets on 'You Better Tell Her', a hip-hop, crunk influenced number that has Teedra declaring "Cuz daddy, i'm too cute to fight... you better get that [...] told tonight..."

Moses is what R&B is all about. Earthy, warm, funky, and soulful, and it's all here. Her voice is beautiful, down to earth, humanly, seductive and honest. This album is one of the best of 2004. Don't believe me? Just cop it and hear for yourself.
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