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The Crossing by Sophie B. Hawkins
Released: Jun 2012
Label: Lightyear Entertainment
Sophie B. Hawkins' second album since an acrimonious split with Columbia -- one that may have submarined her career but preserved her integrity -- The Crossing is her fifth record overall. Not surprisingly, it's crammed with inventiveness and delivered with the same cool confidence she turned everybody's heads with when "Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover" hit the airwaves in 1992. Perfectly rendered classic soul, elegant cellos and a warm production make for an album worthy of the potential Columbia Records stupidly missed out on.
Mike McGuirk