A number of '70s soul singers have served as role models for the new-millennium soulsters.

A number of '70s soul singers have served as role models for the new-millennium soulsters. For newcomer Andreus, it must have been fellow Chicago native Curtis Mayfield. The singer/songwriter evokes the gritty, falsetto soul of Mayfield with his debut, "Street Troubadour." Capturing the hardships of inner-city life, Andreus' sound takes listeners back to a simpler yet more provocative time in music—a time when songs meant something. Lead single "Mississippi" tells a story of finding yourself in your roots. Set to a thumping bassline, the song is a moving metaphorical tale. On "Mary Ann," Andreus talks about the perils of the fast life over a smooth, guitar-tinged riff. Released earlier this year in England, "Street Troubadour" will likely be embraced by a mature audience. Of course, that should not prevent young bucks from discovering this musical gem. For more info, visit andreusmusic.com.—RH

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