In this business, not many artists get a second chance.

In this business, not many artists get a second chance. So when singles from Monica's then-titled J Records debut, All Eyez on Me, did not click at radio, things looked dismal indeed for the artist. But the Atlanta native went back into the studio and, with the help of executive producer Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, returned with a newly titled debut, the appropriately named After the Storm. The result is a focused, well-produced set that serves as Monica's official reintroduction to the game. Lead single "So Gone," produced by Elliott, samples the Whispers' "You Are Number One." Here, Monica's strong vocals are in full effect. The fun, uptempo "Get It Off" borrows from Strafe's mid-'80s club classic "Set It Off." Other highlights include "Knock Knock," "That's My Man," and "Ain't Gonna Cry No More."—RH