While promoting her promising 2001 debut, Based on a True Story, Lil' Mo was hit over the head with a champagne bottle after a San Francisco concert.

While promoting her promising 2001 debut, Based on a True Story, Lil' Mo was hit over the head with a champagne bottle after a San Francisco concert. During the recording hiatus that followed, she married, became a mother, and worked as a radio personality. Those personal experiences are reflected in this love- and family-themed sophomore set. Lil' Mo plugs back into hit momentum with the hip-hopped wedding ode "4 Ever," which teams her again with "Superwoman Pt. II" partner Fabolous. A merging of traditional R&B and hip-hop, Meet the Girl Next Door showcases a deeper, more lyrically frank Lil' Mo who definitely still has the chops—as evidenced by such infectious cuts as "Shoulda Known" and "So Lost Without U." However, the set is ultimately weighed down by unnecessary interludes and a formulaic sameness to several of the songs. That aside, Lil' Mo remains a talent to keep an ear on.—GM