The former Sounds of Blackness frontwoman draws primarily on her inspirational roots here.

The former Sounds of Blackness frontwoman draws primarily on her inspirational roots here. But in true Nesby fashion, she flavors the proceedings accordingly. Stirring in liberal dollops of R&B, hip-hop and house music, Nesby and her studio chefs serve up a good helping of soul-filling message music. Her pairing with guest rappers King Cyz and Knowledge, however, pale in comparison to the other tracks. For it is when Nesby's full-bodied, gut-pulling vocals are placed center stage that the album truly soars. Witness the single "With Open Arms," featuring saxophonist Tom Scott and keyboardist George Duke. Elsewhere, believers and non-believers alike will be stomping and shouting in the aisles after one listen to "Can't Stop (Praisin' His Name)." Racked by Navarre.—GM

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