Any mention about today's hot neo-soul movement invariably includes new-artist homages to such pioneers as Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder.

Any mention about today's hot neo-soul movement invariably includes new-artist homages to such pioneers as Marvin Gaye, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder. It's the last of those three who is credited with providing musical inspiration for R&B up-and-comer and Toronto native Glenn Lewis, another member of a Canadian soul invasion that also boasts Motown newcomer Remy Shand. Singer/songwriter Lewis definitely has the goods, as evidenced by his debut single and first hit "Don't You Forget It." Lewis, however, channels too much of Wonder into his vocals—compromising his own musical identity and spurring a desire instead to hear the real deal. When Lewis does find his voice on such love-themed tracks as the beautiful "Something to See" and the midtempo, drum-led "Never Too Late," the artist shows he's a promising talent with the potential to be more than just a Wonder clone.—GM

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