The brassy, funky “Between Us” hits us very much like the recent Kool & The Gang knock, “Steppin’ Into Love”. The funky keys, guitar licks and beefy bassline are perfect to Lina’s very sweet, smooth vocal. This is great stuff, as is the interesting and refreshing “Everyday” where vocally I hear echoes of Grenique or even Erykah Badu before her voice became too nasally and parodaic. Again, the horns blow, the shaky beat impresses and the synth in the background pulls everything together. The drunk, off-key guitar almost has Outkast’s “Prototype” feel to it. The traditional sassy soul of “Get It Right” harks back to Shirley Brown or even Millie Jackson, but the vocals are smoother, and definitely a LOT sexier! Another classic feel is achieved in the ‘live’ sounding “Change”, resplendent with Southern guitar and piano, crowd affects. Lina seriously sings on here with real sexiness and conviction. She is worth far more than the street songs that she dabbles with. It is as an adult, not a child that real R&B succeeds and Lina is more than proof of the pudding.
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