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LAKISHA JONES CD REVIEW
The former American Idol high flyer debuts with an album that puts her full bodied, powerhouse voice front and center. For soul purists this is a treat. In an era where undiluted soul music is a rare commodity, it’s not hard to see why this album is being received so warmly overseas in specialist music circles. Certainly, the likes of the in your face, melodic “Grateful”, “So Glad I’m Me”, with it’s dramatic string flourishes and breezy, tuneful “Beautiful Girl” lay down the foundation of what her style and musical roots are. However, merely adhering to a tried and trusted musical format, while appealing to her core base, does little to spread the gospel of what her voice is capable of doing further a field. The penultimate song, “Memories”, a warm , fluid number is augmented well by flute touches and a beautiful bridge and it made me realize that there is definitely room on this album to stretch the boundaries a little more beyond the standout cuts. A touch of jazz in places, perhaps some pop/hip-hop/ soul a la Chrisette Michelle. That said despite the generic ravey synths and auto-tune routine on the dancer “Let’s Go Celebrate” and the somewhat pedestrian “Ain’t Worth It” and “Nothing” there’s a solid version of the Whitney Houston chestnut “You Give Good Love” and a decent cross over ballad “Same Song” courtesy of tunesmith, Dianne Warren.

Rating: 7

About the Writer
Jeff Lorez has enjoyed a long and varied career in the music business. As a journalist he has written for a slew of publications and web sites including, Blues & Soul, Billboard, Yahoo.com and the Daily Telegraph and as a music publisher he has been involved in recent chart topping hits by Alexis Jordan and Cher Lloyd.
  
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