As ill-defined as neo-soul might have been initially, many of its champions have given soul back its credibility.
Think Erykah Badu, Jill Scott and Angie Stone and you have three head-strong women who have for well over a decade swum against the tide of commercial success even when they've had the opportunity to cash in.
Stone, rather surprisingly in recent interviews has claimed Rich Girl is her attempt at putting back together the pieces of herself she's felty she has lost over the years when working with others. Go figure. To these ears she's never been less than soulful.
The album is funky and heart-warming particularly on Do What You Gotta Do and Backup Plan, even though there's an underlying sense of hurt, while emotions run high on I Can't Take it and the intimately woven Proud Of Me. Love it.