The gutters of rock'n'roll are littered with valiant if often dodgy recordings by African-American women striving to follow the guitar-paved path of Tina Turner.

The gutters of rock'n'roll are littered with valiant if often dodgy recordings by African-American women striving to follow the guitar-paved path of Tina Turner. Garrett, a venerable songwriter and respected R&B singer, could be the artist who finally goes the distance. This lean, riff-laden collection benefits from the input of famed tunesmith Glen Ballard (Alanis Morissette, Shelby Lynn), who balances Garrett's soul with glistening pop hooks. The singer has the vocal edge and natural authority necessary to make such anthemic jams as "What I Know" and "Get the Hell Outta Here" cook. Sadly, Siedah! suffers from a few unfortunate missteps—most notably a limp rendition of the Rolling Stones' "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll (But I Like It)" and an unplugged rendition of Michael Jackson's "Man in the Mirror" (which Garrett co-wrote for the pop star). Ultimately, they're minor distractions from an otherwise respectable recording that deserves investigation.—LF

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