With her saucy brand of "sista girl" R&B, newcomer Keke Wyatt plays the around-the-way girl next door on her MCA debut. Like labelmate Mary J.

With her saucy brand of "sista girl" R&B, newcomer Keke Wyatt plays the around-the-way girl next door on her MCA debut. Like labelmate Mary J. Blige, Wyatt's strength lies in her ability to convey emotional tales of love and life. The upbeat "Used to Love," the album's first single, created a buzz for the singer; sadly, it failed to click at radio. Avant special-guests on the red-hot "Nothing in This World." (Trainspotting R&B fans will surely recall Wyatt's moving performance on Avant's cover of René and Angela's "My First Love.") Wyatt even takes on the Patti LaBelle staple "If Only You Knew"—a ballsy move for a 21-year-old, but if truth be told, she ably holds her own. At the end of the day, Soul Sista seems to be just the tip of the iceberg for this burgeoning talent.—RH

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