It’s been three years since seasoned soul singer Syleena Johnson gave us the Rebirth of Soul, but she’s ended her hiatus and is back with her 10th studio album Woman. If you’ve been glancing at her social media lately, then you’ve noticed she’s been through an incredible physical transformation as a body builder and that journey to becoming this new feminine force is well-represented in her new album.
Woman is a triumphant celebration to all that encompasses being a woman: leadership, strength, compassion, vulnerability and intuition. There is a multi-layered depth of versatility in the female spirit that this album portrays so eloquently. The bold production that Woman has to offer is simply beautiful, intentional and empowering.
Tracks like “Mountain” deliver a celebratory anthem of being unafraid and unapologetically in love. “Long Time Ago” — with it’s spirited drum beats — exchanges memories of once having a forever love and the strength to survive the aftermath of living without him. “Frontline,” which features R&B crooner Raheem DeVaughn, is a testimonial melody of both sides wanting to fight for a love worthwhile. The titled track, “Woman.” is a strong feminist message and a reminder of the fortitude, resilience and unshakeable nature of being a woman.
All in all, Woman is an inspirational, liberating project. It’s an album to remind us to salute all the women in our lives. Johnson found the perfect balance of celebrating the many hats women wear, all while dissecting the everyday struggles we face whether in love, in society and in friendships. On her talk show “The Sister Circle” she stated, “We are in the era of the ‘Woman.’ Brace yourselves, because this is our moment. This album, I made it for us.”
Stream the project below.