Aaradhna's third album sees her fulfilling her promise after the distractions of her last offering, the covers album Sweet Soul Music.
Her brand of Motown pastiche is warm and inviting, and producers P-Money and Evan Short give it a slightly muddy classic sound (including stealing the strings from the Skyliners' Since I Don't Have You for Sit With A Slouch).
She's like Amy Winehouse, but with a sassier, creamier edge, in Wake Up and Bob's Your Uncle, while the smooth, spunky ska of Keep My Cool and the bluesy Cool Shoes show that she isn't a mere copyist.
Lorena Bobbitt skips along in a blackly humorous way, while You Don't Love Me Anymore is the sole concession to modernity.
The album goes on too long, and is occasionally soppy in that misty-eyed soul way, but it's a joy to see Aaradhna maturing, and on her own terms.
Best tracks: Wake Up, I'm Not the Same
Reviews by Nick Ward; CDs for review from Everyman, Nelson.
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