Following up her 2011 solo debut, Late Nights Early Mornings, Marsha Ambrosius takes the sensuality of her recognizable vocals to another level with the more comprehensive Friends and Lovers. Friends and Lovers is more focused in its subject matter than her previous album and Ambrosius uses every track to describe the moment of the complicated and blurry line between friends and love. For the sex, (if you happened to download her EP Fvck and Love you would have received a sneak preview) there is the more seductive and blatantly sexual ‘69’ and ‘So Good’. For the confusion and hesitation of a possible relationship are clever Shoes and the soulful ‘You And I’. Ambrosius enlists two heavy hitters – Dr. Dre and Charlie Wilson - for the only features on the album. On ‘Stronger’, Dr. Dre adds his signature flow to Marsha’s hip-hop soul take on Sade’s ‘Stronger Than Pride’ and on ‘Spend All My Time’, Charlie Wilson and Ambrosius blend perfectly in realizing where their time is most well spent when in love. The lead single ‘Run’ is a yearning R&B record that isn’t exactly representative of the album but serves to let listeners know that her superior vocals and sensual production are still there. Friends and Lovers is definitely a progressive step in Ambrosius’ solo journey and we’re still here for her.