Samantha Siva does it all: She writes the songs, sings them, accompanies herself on keyboard and bass, and then she produces the songs and markets them on her own label.

Samantha Siva does it all: She writes the songs, sings them, accompanies herself on keyboard and bass, and then she produces the songs and markets them on her own label. Fortunately, Siva does it all well. On Masquerade, Siva creates a solid set blending diverse musical elements united by her voice—breathy but rich, somewhere between Sade and Lisa Stansfield. Her funky midtempo songs are more interesting than her somewhat spare ballads, but overall the CD maintains a coherent flow. Highlights include the sultry and bass-heavy title track, the rollicking instrumental "Poquita di Paraguana" with Latin accents in percussion and acoustic guitar, and the ethereal "Clouds," which features jazz pianist David Benoit.—WH

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