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Lyrical and vocal strength abound on Morrison's latest solo project, a pleasurable mix of pop, rock, and blues comprising ballads and upbeat tunes.

Lyrical and vocal strength abound on Morrison's latest solo project, a pleasurable mix of pop, rock, and blues comprising ballads and upbeat tunes. Often singing about the power of love and the need to assert independence—as on the catchy first single, "Smoke in Bed," and album opener "I Spy"—Morrison can also turn melancholy or ebullient. A bittersweet, longing introspection is captured on the title track, a slow-moving piece delving into a woman's personal desires in her relationships, while the rousing "God Must Love Me," with its ultra-positive take on the world, comes across as truly life-affirming. Her covers of father Van Morrison's "Naked in the Jungle" and "Sometimes We Cry," which feature the icon on backing vocals and harmonica, have been potently individualized here. If any project is poised to bring Morrison to a widespread audience, this is it.—JP