Southern Hummingbird

This debut by Missy Elliott protégée Tweet (née Charlene Keys) has already spun off a No. 1 R&B hit: the sexy, self-love treatise "Oops (Oh My)," produced by beat hypnotist Ti

This debut by Missy Elliott protégée Tweet (née Charlene Keys) has already spun off a No. 1 R&B hit: the sexy, self-love treatise "Oops (Oh My)," produced by beat hypnotist Timbaland. But that tune merely scratches the surface of this gifted newcomer's talent. As much therapy as personal testament (the sweet-voiced singer/songwriter once contemplated suicide), Southern Hummingbird spotlights Tweet's ability to pen revealing, nuanced lyrics that capture the ebb and flow of life—and unerringly score a direct hit with listener emotions. Cases in point include the lost-love coping "Smoking Cigarettes," the haunting ballad "Always Will," the sultry "My Place," and feel-good duet "Best Friend" with R&B compatriot Bilal. While tracks like "Boogie 2nite" aren't the self-taught guitarist/drummer's strong suit, such missteps don't detract from what is ultimately a fulfilling musical experience. How Tweet the sound.—GM