Picks and Pans Review: Laura Izibor

updated 06/29/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/29/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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It's hard to imagine there being a more soulful woman in Ireland than Laura Izibor. On her impressive debut, this Dublin-based singer-pianist, who is also of Nigerian descent, displays a husky, hearty delivery that is rooted more in the American gospel and blues traditions. Her neo-ish style of R&B brings to mind such singer-songwriters as India.Arie, Corinne Bailey Rae and Alicia Keys with tunes like "Shine" that glow from within.
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