ThisisRnB Presents: The Top 20 R&B Albums of 2014



#7. Marsha Ambrosius – ‘Friends & Lovers’

Marsha Ambrosius had high expectations and some large shoes to fill with the follow-up to her impeccable debut Late Nights & Early Mornings. Good thing for the British native stories told through a witty pen game come easy for her.

Though ‘Friends’ is the first word in the title it’s the later that gets covered primarily as the LP offers little foreplay, rather jumping right into slow burning sex jams. It’s dirty at times, but still classy and sensual. Marsha has a unique way of expressing her deepest feelings, even the erotic ones, in an honest way that never seems over the top.

Halfway into the set we get the seriously soulful and sweet “You & I,” where she puts her feelings on front street hoping to finally connect intimately with an old friend. While no song falls short, there might be 2 or 3 too many, pushing the point a little excessively. However, one of the biggest highlights comes all the way at track 14, “Spend All My Time” featuring Charlie Wilson. A beautiful duet about finding out that no success is better than being with the one you love.

Friends & Lovers stuns the myth that crafting a stellar sophomore album is highly unlikely. Marsha has exceeded all expectations and added herself to a list of an elite few. – J.W.



  1. Whatever. 9 years ago

    uhm where is Guy Sebastian? Pretty crappy top 20 tbh.

  2. Worst top 20 ever. 9 years ago

    where my man Joe at? Bridges was dope!!

  3. rd1981 9 years ago

    I liked Mariah’s album as well. I’m still shocked that not to many people got to hear it. Dave Hollister and Johnny Gill and Dave Hollister’s albums were also pretty decent.

  4. mon88 9 years ago

    D’Angelo definitely had my favorite album last year.

    Chris Brown & August Alsina had some good albums too but that’s about it. I hope Badu and Soulchild come with some heat this year.

  5. bettie 9 years ago


  6. Gremlin 9 years ago

    JMSN had the best R&B album of the year.

  7. Quezin 9 years ago

    R. Kelly had the best R&B album of 2014. #BlackPanties

  8. Kristopher Webb 9 years ago

    Glad to see Rochelle Jordan on the list. Her album was so good! Tinashe definitely deserved to be in the top 5 as well. Another great album!

  9. TUG 9 years ago

    Sorry But SexPlayList is the thing Omarion did.

  10. filip 9 years ago

    what about keyshia cole – point of no return and ashanti – braveheart?

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