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A refugee from the major-label machine, Alana Davis' first indie release is a compelling work. On it she finds the common ground between R&B, pop and folk and the result is somewhat like India. Arie meshed with Joan Osbourne and fellow label owner Ani DiFranco, whose "32 Flavors" provided Davis with a moderate hit some years back.

The approach is stripped down but far from subtle, as the singer slides her slippery voice through funky drums, insistently strumming acoustic guitar and songs that exude confidence, but with a tender core.

Radically reworked covers of Blue Oyster Cult's "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and Bob Marley's "Nice Time" show Davis' expansive field of vision, yet both slot comfortably into the flow of the album.

Airy yet edgy, the music maintains a steady groove, even as it shifts moods with Davis' remarkably malleable, emotional and sexually provocative vocals providing the glue.

For those in the upper middle class adult contemporary genre, Davis is a natural. She's a much-needed jolt of soul with an album as addictive as a gallon of high-test joe.

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