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Grammy Award-winning and 10-million-plus selling singer, actress and entrepreneur Monica, returns to the music scene with her very personal J Records/RCA Music Group aptly titled offering, Still Standing. To define oneself as “still standing” is a bold statement, and as her album title actualizes, “whatever happens to me is just a part of my story. It doesn’t define ... Read more in Amazon's Monica Store

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  • Audio CD (March 23, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: March 23, 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J-Records
  • ASIN: B002LVGU78
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,033 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Still Standing featuring Ludacris
2. One In A Lifetime
3. Stay Or Go
4. Everything To Me
5. If You Were My Man
6. Mirror
7. Here I Am
8. Superman
9. Love All Over Me
10. Believing In Me

Editorial Reviews

2010 release from the multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning R&B artist. Producers joining her in the studio on the new project include Neyo, Missy Elliot, Jermaine Dupri, Brian Cox, Stargate and Carlos McKinney. Monica recently completed production on her own reality show also titled Still Standing, which began airing on BET to record ratings after the BET Hip Hop Awards on October 28th. The show features Monica's daily grind; juggling the roles of motherhood and recording artist, all the while trying to reclaim her slot at the top of the charts. Features the first single, 'Everything To Me'.

Customer Reviews

She has matured and it reflects in her music.
Darkchalkolet
The next song is "One In A Lifetime" which is one of my favorite tracks on the album.
Brok Bunnell
I purchased this cd just for the song "Love All Over Me".
Lady D

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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Njai on March 23, 2010
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Fulfilling the title, Monica proves she's still standing fifteen years after "Miss Thang" on this album, her sixth studio effort. More than anything however, the "Everything To Me" singer seems to have honed in on her strengths and left the tricks to youngsters unlike the 2006 effort "The Makings Of Me".

Filled with songs about getting to love, appreciating a significant other, being at a crossroads in a relationship and even getting out of a bad one, Monica leaves no stone unturned when it comes to relationships on "Still Standing".

Kicked off with the title track "Still Standing," Monica taps Ludacris for the album's lone collaboration, leaving listeners with an empowering and truthful account of her past, singing "see this is more than just a song to me `cause I been up against the ropes, everything you're going through I been there before". While the record was first heard early 2009, it is still one of the album's stand out songs, catching Monica near her best as a strong songstress telling an empowering story. That theme, which fits Monica well, can be heard on another standout track titled "Believing In Me".

The final track on the album, "Believing In Me" features Monica finding the strength to leave a one way relationship, meaning the man she fell in love with does not love her the same way. Produced by Stargate, "Believing In Me" is both relatable yet fitting for Monica who sings "didn't know that I was selling my soul to someone who didn't care at all," before delivering the words "I've moved on and I'm strong. I'm going back to the place where I know I belong.. cause I'm right and you're wrong, this time I'm believing in me.... I'm never letting go of my dreams.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Alonzo Major on March 23, 2010
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This is a very solid project. It is a ballad strong album filled with beautiful expressions of love. With tracks such as; Here I Am, Love All Over Me, Everything To Me, and Mirror, Monica proves you can still stay relevant while still singing from within. While the album may have lukewarm tracks such If You Were My Man and Superman, tracks like Still Standing, One in a Life Time, and Stay or Go makes Monica's fans understand why they fell in love with the girl who is now a woman 15 years ago. This is an album you can virtually listen from beginning to end without hesitation. I rate this album an A -. Well done Monica.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By T. Brown on March 23, 2010
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Monica has delivered perfection with this album. I am truly speechless. As a loyal fan over the years, I have watched and witnessed the progression of Miss Thang and Monica always delivers greatness. Still Standing will be grabbing Grammy's, get your gown ready Monica. The album left me speechless. If I could give it ten stars, I would but they only allow five. I wish you all the best Monica, you deserve every bit of success you get. Let me just say this, this album was well worth the wait. Monica represents and is a major part of real R & B music that was beginning to fade away, but seems to be coming back for 2010 with releases from Monica, Usher, Toni Braxton, Fantasia, and more. I love all of the songs on the album, they are all favorites! Support REAL Music, Support Monica and buy this album, you will be more than glad that you did. I promise! THIS IS PERFECTION! PURE PERFECTION! :)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rmcrae on October 14, 2010
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It took about 3 years, but Monica is finally back with a new album that's a fresh and welcome release in today's stale "been there, done that" music scene. I watched bits of her BET reality show from time to time and couldn't wait for the new material. I'm happy to say Miss Thang did not disappoint. A few misses here and there, but a solid record overall.

The title track and theme song of the reality show details the struggles Monica's been through and how she's used the pain to keep her going. "I been up against ropes/Everything you're going through/I been there before, seen them all come/And I seen them all go/You can bet your last that/My head won't hit the floor, never/And I'm still standing!" Love the rap from Ludacris (did you know Monica's his cousin?), although I don't care for the generic hip-hop background much.

The lush Once In A Lifetime is a realization that the one you walked away from was "the one". "And I can't believe that I almost missed the signs/Right in front of my eyes/And now I know the love is real, its hard to say why." Stay Or Go is the ultimatum given to a wishy washy boyfriend that's worked Miss Thang's nerve for the last time. "So let me know/Whatcha gonna do/Stay or go/Cuz I'm not waiting/Boy, yes or no/I'm about to decide for you/Stay or go!"

Lead single Everything To Me marvels at and luxuriates in the love of a good man with starry-eyed lyrics like "You're everything to me/The air that I breathe/Sign so I'll see, oh Lord/You're everything to me!" The Deniece Williams sample is gorgeous! The funky 80's retro feel of If You Were My Man will make you break out the Cabbage Patch, Running Man, and Roger Rabbit. The Missy Elliott shout-outs might annoy some, but I like them. Monica's flow is nice too.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Raymond Mabry on September 27, 2010
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I listen to a little bit of everything, pretty much whatever catches my ear, and since the 90's I've lost interest in Monica. I've always found her to be a bit boring. However, the reality show sparked my interest a little bit and subsequently my mother purchased the album which I immediately put on my iPod.

In the beginning, I actually liked that album a lot. We listened to it in the car and I couldn't find a song I hated. The 90's nostalgia that this album gives off excited me and made me want to have a copy of the album for myself.

Upon listening to it later though, I found that my initial excitement died down significantly.

This album seems to suffer in many areas. First off I will say that I disagree with those that say that the album is full of filler. That is not the case. The songs all have about the same amount of production quality and if you watched the show a lot of thought was put into picking the tracks.

The album seems to suffer though from tired lyrics: Few songs stand out because they're all roughly about the same things, and unstructured melodies: listen to the melodies of "Here I am" and then listen to everything else...as well as a lack of creativity: "If You Were My Man" could've been so much more than it was. Choruses at times are boring and don't stand out from the song: "Still Standing" is an example of this. The album ends up coming off as an okay listen at first but once every song is heard only a few stand out which is sad considering that there are only 10 tracks to begin with.

"Here I am" and "Once In A Lifetime" and "Superman" were standouts for me. I will however point out that the only song to truly shine through was "Here I am.
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Welcome Back Monica
the reason why she got a cap of only ten songs is because it's cheaper for the record label to do that. once you start putting more than ten songs on a cd it starts costing a lot more money to do that in terms of per track and manufacturing the disc. i know it sounds pretty basic but thats how it... Read More
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