Shortly after the release of her 2000 sophomore album, "Stronger," Kristine W. was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia.
Shortly after the release of her 2000 sophomore album, "Stronger," Kristine W. was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Throughout a multitude of tests and treatments, the artist—now in remission—never lost sight of her music. The result is "Fly Again." Working with several producers (including Orange Factory, the Scumfrog and Eran Tabib), W., who penned the bulk of the songs, has crafted a spirited and empowering collection. The title track lead single is ascending the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and crossing over to radio; equal parts Pat Benatar and Berlin, it is a winner. Not a winner is "I'll Be Your Light." Though lyrically spot-on, the song gets lost in Miami breakbeats. But this misstep is overshadowed by such gems as "The Wonder of It All," "Save My Soul" and "Bittersweet." A bonus disc, beat-mixed by Chris Cox, includes remixes of various album tracks.—MP