Priceless

No doubt about it: Kelly Price possesses a voice that makes you want to holler because it sounds soooo good.

No doubt about it: Kelly Price possesses a voice that makes you want to holler because it sounds soooo good. Since stepping out from backup singer to front-and-center R&B chanteuse with her 1998 collection, Soul of a Woman, Price has become synonymous with emotionally charged tunes that—like her Sunday-go-to-meeting vocals—pack a definite punch. It's a happier Price on Priceless, having emerged victorious after battling personal problems reflected on the 3-year-old Mirror Mirror. At an overly ambitious 18 tracks, though, this latest effort could stand some trimming (the riff from The Brady Bunch that introduces the otherwise tight and uplifting autobiographical track "Someday" and the "Priceless" interlude, for example). It's when Price gives it to us straight, no chaser, as on "You Make Me Feel," "Strong Man," "So Sweet" (a first-time teaming with producer Raphael Saadiq), and "Sister" (with "Heartbreak Hotel" partner Faith Evans) that the album comes to glorious life.—GM