FLOWER POWER: The songbird blooms on new release.
There’s good reason to explain why Etana is consistently compared to such neo-soul queens as India.Arie and Jill Scott. The reggae-soul goddess (who is diversifying her brand lately as host of the insightful TV gabfest Against All Odds) always strives to imbue her records with enough heart and soul to satisfy multitudes from all walks, while managing to stay true to herself.
The singer’s newly-arrived three-track EP, Reggae, which precedes her much awaited senior album, Better Tomorrow (out in early 2013), lives up to that tried-and-proven credo. It’s quintessential Etana: feel-good grooves steeped in emotional uplift and universal messages of empowerment, hope and love.
Among the three tracks: the passion-soaked “4 Play 2 Love”; “Better Tomorrow,” which wins you over with its snappy-happy optimism; and a wonderful title cut that oozes infinite charm as it likens good music to finding Mr. Right. “My heart beats to your drum,” Etana sings at one point over a slinky one-drop.
In short, Reggae heartily supports the argument that the upcoming full-length album will be worth the wait, offering listeners a tantalizing taste of what to expect. Tyrone’s Verdict: B+
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