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Review: Floetry brings intimacy, community, comedy to Brooklyn Bowl

Floetry at Brooklyn Bowl

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Floetry headlines at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, April 11, 2016, at the Linq Promenade.

Floetry at Brooklyn Bowl

Floetry headlines at Brooklyn Bowl on Monday, April 11, 2016, at the Linq Promenade. Launch slideshow »

Neo-soul duo Floetry was everything that you wouldn’t have expected — in a good way — Monday evening during its reunion show at Brooklyn Bowl in the Linq Promenade.

Those who were expecting coffee shop poetry slam-type vibes were pleasantly surprised that the London artists didn’t take themselves that seriously.

Instead, the women provided a much bigger treat, bringing intimacy, realness, community and even comedy to their anticipated reunion show.

Although it’s been more than a decade since the duo’s last album, “Flo’Ology,” and about nine years since their breakup, Marsha Ambrosius and Natalie Stewart, aka the Floacist, returned better than ever.

When the women entered the stage about 8:40 p.m., the Floacist told the audience, “We’re going straight in,” and opened with 2002 track “Sunshine.”

They didn’t waste any time flowing in and out of timeless records, including “Butterflies,” which was remixed by Michael Jackson, “Lay Down,” “Feelings,” “Floetic” and more.

Floetry didn’t address the reason for the split but did continue to thank fans for their support throughout the years even through solo careers.

“We’re here to see you right now,” the Floacist said. “Longevity is a blessing … that’s when you realize it’s who’s in the room that matters. You could’ve been anywhere in the world, but you chose to be here tonight.”

What stands out with Floetry is that although both are dynamic performers separately with unique styles, both also are equally mesmerizing.

As Ambrosius sang freely, hitting very high notes that were borderline opera at times, the Floacist would keep up by reciting poetry smoothly and doing interpretative dance.

Toward the middle of the set, each woman performed a song individually and caught the audience up on what they’d been up to since the breakup.

The Floacist performed “Breathe,” which she called a healing mantra, from her 2010 solo album “Floetic Soul” and had the audience sing the chorus with her.

When it was Ambrosius’ turn, she took a seat at a keyboard to sing Floetry’s emotional relationship single “Feelings.”

One of the most memorable moments of the show was when Floetry addressed the “grown and sexy” in the room and broke down 2005 crowd favorite “Say Yes.”

As the first chords played on the keyboard, the crowd howled in excitement. But before they started singing, the Floacist made it a point to give a proper disclaimer for the effects of the sensual song and keep it really real.

“Floetry will make the panties drop. Yes, it happens,” she joked. “I’m sure you’ve all found out by now. It’s very difficult to have a one-night stand to a Floetry song cause there’s meaning. There’s intention.”

After doing an extended version of “Say Yes,” the duo blended into “Getting Late.” To wrap up the set, Floetry thanked the crowd for spending the evening with them and bowed with their hands in a prayer position before leaving the stage about 10:05 p.m.

But when fans didn’t budge and began chanting for the duo to continue, Floetry returned to perform “Hey You” and the upbeat sisterhood single “Floetic.”

Before leaving for good this time, the Floacist told the audience, “Take this energy. It’s yours. You can return it whenever you want to.” Then she went across the front of the stage to shake fans’ hands.

Floetry never lost it flow. After a hiatus, fans can only hope that this reunion will lead to much more and perhaps a new album. We’ll just have to wait and see with our fingers crossed.

Monday night’s setlist included “Sunshine,” “Fun,” “Ms. Stress,” “I’ll Die,” “Breathe” (by the Floacist), “Butterflies,” “Feelings,” “Lay Down,” “Say Yes,” “Getting Late” and “Floetic.”

Kingston, Jamaica, artist Kris Kelli served as the opening act.

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