(While reading, you can purchase Sweet XVI here)
This week, Mya celebrated the sixteenth anniversary of her self-titled debut album, which was released on April 21, 1998. To thank fans for all of their support over the years, Mya released her second EP of the year titled Sweet XVI. With six new tracks, Mya combines the themes of pleasure and inspiration all into one.
1. Super Woman: Mya begins the EP by putting an S on her chest. She shows that she , “is more than just a pretty face, more than just a banging body” because she does whatever it takes to get things done. Mya also shows off her rapping skills towards the end of this empowering record.
2. Cherry Lips: A special man has missed Mya’s “Cherry Lips” and she wants to make it up to him in this record. Reminiscent of a late 70’s funk sound, this track seems to derive its inspiration from the likes of Donna Summer and Diana Ross.
3. Same Page (featuring Eric Bellinger): The EP continues on with a feature from one of our favorite artists, Eric Bellinger. Bringing along his autotune, he and Mya are on the Same Page when it comes to the feelings of their love. As Mya ends with her breath-taking falsetto, they create a beautiful harmony together.
4. Right Now: Instead of waiting for love, Mya wants to get right down to the business on this track. Definitely a record for the bedroom, Mya continues to put her soft voice behind as she puts all of her vocal power on the lyrics of this track.
5. M-O-N-E-Y: Turn down for what?! Mya works hard for the money and like everyone else in the world, she wants all of it. Again she shows off her rapping skills, which are surprisingly decent.
6. Unbreakable (featuring Mike Check): Sweet Love XVI ends just as it started: with inspiration. As she sings:
“Nothing comes easy, but don’t stop believing.
Yea I made some mistake, wouldn’t take them away.
I fallen on my a**, but them days won’t always last.
Just stand your ground and be unbreakable”
Unbreakable is a great way to end Sweet XVI as she shows that despite setbacks (including low United States sales on her last album), she will still continue to win!
Despite the amazing tracks, Sweet XVI is unfortunately too short, but display Mya’s versatility and her vocal range which was often shortchanged in the industry. Like her With Love EP, on Sweet XVI shows that sixteen years later, she still has the same appeal to captivate us and hopefully, these releases will lead to a full album later on this year! For now, you can enjoy Sweet XVI here!
Personal Favorites: Same Page, M-O-N-E-Y