Taking a break—12 years, in fact—after the release of her Virgin debut Reach Out, singer/songwriter Donna Gardier is back.

Taking a break—12 years, in fact—after the release of her Virgin debut Reach Out, singer/songwriter Donna Gardier is back. And doing things on her own artistic terms. Creatively fortified by a return to her church roots (which includes singing with gospel choir Shekinah), the former Raw Stylus vocalist steps back into the game with a satisfying sophomore set. While reflecting the North Londoner's renewed spiritual outlook, the album doesn't veer from her love of groove-based rhythms. Gardier's melodic, sensual vocals shine on such tracks as the sassy "I Am," "Real Thing," the title cut, and "Something Special." The only track she and producer Lennox Cameron didn't write is the Holland/ Dozier/Holland classic "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You")—given an acoustic gospel treatment here. Welcome back to a true soul singer. Distributed by Select-O-Hits.—GM

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