Singing about heartache over retro-soul backdrops is an approach that has been thoroughly mined and ­mastered in the last decade, most notably by the late Amy Winehouse and James Brown revivalists Charles Bradley and Sharon Jones. San Diego native Andra Day, who kickstarted her career by posting R&B takes of songs by Eminem and Muse on YouTube, ably attempts a similar sound on her debut, Cheers to the Fall, touting ­collaborations with Raphael Saadiq.

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