For her fifth album (her first in the U.S.), Finnish singer/songwriter Janita has created a sensuous, rhythmic musical mosaic that, at times, recalls the recordings of Basia, Brand New Heavies, Jamiro

For her fifth album (her first in the U.S.), Finnish singer/songwriter Janita has created a sensuous, rhythmic musical mosaic that, at times, recalls the recordings of Basia, Brand New Heavies, Jamiroquai, and Swing Out Sister. Equal parts straight-up pop, '70s soul, acid-jazz, and Latin, I'll Be Fine is well-poised to become the cool musical soundtrack to summer 2001. The tracks "Oh," "Heaven," "Fruit of Another," and "Give Me a Sign" are hip-swaying gems, as primed for funky dancefloors as they are for hip cocktail parties. A track like "In Your Sunshine" deserves to be heard on R&B radio, saddled alongside such artists as India.Arie and Jill Scott. When the party's over, snuggle up with the bitter ("December") and the sweet ("Be Yourself"), two tracks that, in a perfect world, would be major hits. Of course, smooth jazz and AC formats are already championing various tracks on this fine album. Let's hope pop radio will follow suit. Racked by Alternative Distribution Alliance.—MP

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