With her 2001 funk-fueled breakthrough "Heard It All Before," Sunshine Anderson seemed poised to follow in the footsteps of Mary J. Blige, but then she disappeared for nearly six years. Her second album, a throwback to '70s-era soul, was worth the wait. Her raspy alto goes back to familiar territory—trifling lovers and betrayal—on the stinging groove "Something I Wanna Give You" and the sassy, rock-etched "Trust," but lightens up on the standout "Wear the Crown," a slow jam about new love. She goes to extremes from nauseatingly needy to scorned and spiteful on the woeful "My Whole Life." But with this otherwise stellar disc, Anderson shines once again.
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