A former English school instructor, contemporary gospel artist Lexi (aka Alexis Allen) opted to apply her teaching methods to music.

A former English school instructor, contemporary gospel artist Lexi (aka Alexis Allen) opted to apply her teaching methods to music. Somewhere Different still incorporates the R&B, gospel, urban, pop, and Christian mix that defined her freshman set (2000's That's the Way It Is) on boxer Evander Holyfield's label. But this time around, the Detroit-based singer leans more toward R&B and "inspirational soul." First single "Without You" leads Lexi's uplifting charge, followed by such notable tracks as "Betcha' Miss His Love," "Don't You (Tell Me What God Won't Do)" with duet partner/Commissioned member Marcus Cole, "He's Done So Much," and "I'll Be There." The pleasant-voiced Allen, who co-wrote the majority of the songs here, turns in a very listenable sophomore set that effectively gets its message across without preachifying.—GM

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