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by Eve
Lip Lock by Eve
Released: May 2013
Label: From The Rib Music
Eve disappeared from the game for so long that many forget she's a rap pioneer on par with Lil Kim and Missy Elliott. On Lip Lock she reminds us by logging one potential single after another, from the airy pop-rock of "Make It Out This Town" to the Swizz Beatz-produced "Mama in the Kitchen." She seems so determined to re-establish her career that she neglects the intimate "Love Is Blind" moments that once made her albums so interesting. It's not until nearly the end, with the ballad "Never Gone," when Eve remembers that there was once more to her hit formula than just club jams.
Mosi Reeves