While browsing Janet Jackson’s official forum I came across what was said to be two new tracks from Ashanti’s upcoming album. All the members were raving about the singles and as I listened to them my sentiments were pretty much the same. The songs, if truly hers, are a departure from what you would expect from Ashanti as the lyrics are extremely mature, with not even a hint of her trademark Murder Inc. sound. However, the singing on both these tracks are so good that I wondered if it was truly Ashanti. The first track, More Than A Melody, sounds like something Diane Warren would have written for Whitney Houston back in the day. It has a very Greatest Love Of All feel and the vocals are just extraordinary.
If these singles really are by Ashanti I expect her to really surprise a lot of people and possibly even pull a Mariah Carey by having one of the biggest comebacks this year.
Listen for yourselves: