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    Floetry – a flow of poetry? Not quite. It’s more like Mary J. Blige meets Busta Rhymes. Mix piano, drums, screeching and angry talking and you get Floetry’s live album Floacism Live. The longer the album is played, the more you want to turn down the volume. Unlike the smoother studio debut, Floetic, the live album never takes off despite a cameo by the reputable Mos Def.

    As beautiful as the voices of Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart are, they spend so much time blaring them that the songs sound like nothing more than garbled whining. ìWanna B Where U Rî and ìFloeticî clearly demonstrate this ultimately unimpressive competition of who can sing louder.

    The songs do begin with some clever synthesized beats, but once Ambrosius starts angrily rapping and Stewart singing, it’s all over.

    Floetry open for Erykah Badu on Feb. 12 at the 4th and B.

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