Since debuting on dancefloors with "It's Over Now" 12 years ago, singer/songwriter Ultra NatÉ has made a conscious effort to break down the borders that have separated club music from R&B a

Since debuting on dancefloors with "It's Over Now" 12 years ago, singer/songwriter Ultra Naté has made a conscious effort to break down the borders that have separated club music from R&B and pop. On the artist's fourth album, the sterling Stranger Than Fiction, a variety of dancefloor rhythms—encompassing house, 2-step, disco, and drum'n'bass—become one with elements of alt-leaning pop and acoustic soul. By being musically inclusive and adventurous, Naté has created a sublime aural experience. Helping her push the musical envelope is a stellar lineup of producers, songwriters, and musicians, including Lenny Kravitz, Nona Hendryx, N'Dea Davenport, Arnthor & Bloodshy, Nick Nice & Anders Barrén, Attica Blues, Gerry Deveaux, 4-Hero, and Brian Alexander Morgan. Highlights include "Ain't Looking for Nothing," "Get It Up (The Feeling)," "Desire," "Eternal," "Breakfast for Two," and "Ghost," a touching tale of optimism.—MP