Singer/songwriter Jessi Alexander delivers an exceptional debut with "Honeysuckle Sweet." Starting with the nostalgic title track (one of two cuts written with Sally Barris), followed by the confronta

Singer/songwriter Jessi Alexander delivers an exceptional debut with "Honeysuckle Sweet." Starting with the nostalgic title track (one of two cuts written with Sally Barris), followed by the confrontational "Make Me Stay or Make Me Go," this disc offers one gem after another. "Make Me Stay" was penned with Al Anderson and producer Gary Nicholson, who gives each song (six of which he co-wrote) its own perfect sonic environment. An avowed Tom Petty fan, Alexander gets to indulge herself with the lovely ballad "Everywhere," which she wrote with Benmont Tench. But the soulful vocalist can handle the writing part just as well all by herself, as she proves on the forgiving "I'd Run Right Back to You."—JB