How I Do

This is how Res (pronounced "reese") does it on her MCA debut: She effortlessly blends elements of rock, hip-hop, and R&B into a smoothed-out, soul-satisfying set.

This is how Res (pronounced "reese") does it on her MCA debut: She effortlessly blends elements of rock, hip-hop, and R&B into a smoothed-out, soul-satisfying set. Teaming with producer Doc, known for his collaborations with trip-hopper Esthero, the Philadelphia native offers lyrics that challenge listeners to take a look at themselves. On the fantastically truthful "Golden Boy," Res warns listeners that those "golden boys" aren't always what they seem, while the funked-up "Ice King" finds Res detailing an affair with a drug dealer. The hip-hop-hued "Sittin' Back" is anything but laid back, with the singer confidently riding the hip-twitchin' rhythms. The album's title track proves that Res has what it takes to please the pop contingent, too. The light-hearted "How I Do" is both vibrant and defiant.—RH