It sure has been an interesting journey for funky neo-soul sister Joi, whose most recent stint was as a member of Lucy Pearl.

It sure has been an interesting journey for funky neo-soul sister Joi, whose most recent stint was as a member of Lucy Pearl. Nine years ago, the Atlanta-residing native of Nashville delivered a critically acclaimed debut, The Pendulum Vibe, that spawned the left-of-center underground hit "Sunshine and the Rain." That album's smoldering follow-up, the LaBelle-flavored Amoeba Cleansing Syndrome, never saw the light of day. Titled after the artist's alter ego, Star Kitty's Revenge is steeped in personal musings of the (primarily) heart-shaped kind—topics range from temptation ("17 Inches of Snow") to integrity ("It's Your Life") to desire ("Crave"). Also figuring into the colorful mix are a cover of the Chaka Khan/Rufus jam, "I'm a Woman," and the sensitive "Jefferson Street Joe," which Joi wrote about the passing of her dad, former Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Joe Gilliam. In the end, a recording not to be missed.—MP

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