JoJo’s new album is Mad Love. It’s the awaited comeback album from the R&B and pop music superstar, her first since ‘The High Road,’ a decade ago. You can see a roundup of reviews from critics here.
Yes, she is back after a long hiatus. It’s been quite a few years since she ruled the airwaves in the early Aughts with such classics as ‘Too Little too late’ and ‘Leave (Get Out).’ Her last album, ‘The High Road,’ was released in 2006 to critical acclaim and debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.
But for anyone who thought she had faded as the proverbial footnote in music history, she’s rapidly proving that to be quite wrong. The hiatus, of course, was not voluntary as she was embroiled for years in lawsuits with record labels — sadly this is not an uncommon story.
Acknowledging the long absence, she said, in a recent interview, “To a lot of people I’m a new artist…And that’s okay. It’s a unique place that I’m in.”
A few weeks ago, she gave a spate of interviews over the summer in which she opened up about the new album — as well as the struggles she endured during those years, not least, being compelled by her record label to lose weight through unhealthy means. She said of her life now, “I am confident on the outside but there are things that can get to you.” She added, “I listen to the opinions of others, but listening and following are different things.”
Now as the long-awaited album arrives in full, Here’s what critics are saying.
“….JoJo can do better than this record, with the title track itself a flaccid slow-jam that can’t hold a note let alone attention, damaged further by that very common dancehall-inflected delivery and chorus on Vibe. At least Honest and Like This provide some moments of creative respite, but ultimately they highlight how run-of-the-mill the rest of it is. Mad Love? We can just about muster a mild affection, but that’s about it…..” –PressPlayOK
“….If there’s one thing we can take away from Levesque, is that Mad Love. perfectly symbolizes a journey of a woman whose finally broken free of the past chains that quite seemingly had her tied down to the ground. There is no holding back, there is no weakness – only strength: an aura that stems from every song and brilliantly shines through…..–Celebmix
Check back as more reviews arrive. Meanwhile, you can see JoJo’s ‘Mad Love’ album cover art and videos below. To stream the album in full at Spotify click here.