So What?

The South African-born, Florida-residing Nicole J.

The South African-born, Florida-residing Nicole J. McCloud has been honing her skills since the mid-'80s, when her pop-dance single, "Don't You Want My Love," exploded on dancefloors around the globe. These days, she's touring the country in support of her new single, the incredibly strong, crossover-happy "One Good Reason," which is receiving much love and support from radio stations like WKTU New York. The track is a fine vehicle for McCloud, whose powerhouse vocals are a cross between Tina Turner and Whitney Houston. Those that can't get enough of the energetic vibe of "One Good Reason" will find much to sink their teeth into here, particularly infectious tracks like "This House Is Not a Home," "Search'n," and the Diane Warren-penned "Tell Me Where It Hurts." Elsewhere, McCloud handles midtempo pop (the Britney Spears-hued "Get Your Hands off My Man"), ballads ("Lessons of Love"), and even Latin freestyle ("Why Should I"). A totally abysmal revamping of "Don't You Want My Love" closes the album. This misstep aside, So What? will surely satisfy many in the dance-pop world.—MP

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