A double-CD sophomore set may seem a little, well, cheeky. But for sometime Erykah Badu background singer N'Dambi, it's simply insurance that those who didn't hear her freshman effort, 1999's Little G

A double-CD sophomore set may seem a little, well, cheeky. But for sometime Erykah Badu background singer N'Dambi, it's simply insurance that those who didn't hear her freshman effort, 1999's Little Girl Lost Blues, won't miss out again. This collection includes reworked versions of many

of those tracks, including standouts "What's Wrong With You," "Broke My Heart," and "Lonely Woman." Once more, N'Dambi wraps her deep, smoky vocals around another complement

of jazz-influenced tracks—calling to mind an after-hours workout at the local jazz club. But this time, the Dallas native/preacher's kid sprinkles more gospel over the proceedings.

She also teams with a live band, add-ing more urgency to such new tracks as "Ode 2 Nina" and "Black Star." While the interludes are superfluous and several cuts drag on too long, N'Dambi shows she's ready to step to the forefront. Those craving for something new and fresh need look no further. Contact: 972-568-5894.—GM