Gotta have faith
The First Lady, Evans' fourth album, represents her strongest mix of classic soul elements (electric piano, wah-wah guitar, lush vocal harmonies) and modern hip-hop-influenced beats. Like Mary J. Blige, another frequently embattled soul diva, Evans appears to have turned a corner in her personal life and found spirituality. Optimism suits Evans better than Blige, however, because it allows her natural warmth to shine through. For example, "Lucky Day" features a fairly rote "DJ play my song" lyric, but when Evans gets behind its jazzy groove with all her multi-tracked sexiness, all objections are swept aside. Similarly, "Goin' Out" is a familiar "hitting the town with my girls" manifesto, while the single "Again" offers the Blige-like message that whatever you endure makes you stronger. That being said, it's the way Evans puts across these ideas that makes her special.
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