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CD REVIEW: Laura Jane - "To My Planet, Boo"
By Gian F - 05/09/2006 - 07:19 PM EDT

Artist: Laura Jane
Album: "To My Planet- Boo"
CD Review: Genre: Alternative R&B
Sounds Like: Lina
Technical Grade: 9
Production/Musicianship Grade: 9
Commercial Value: 7
Overall Talent Level: 8
Songwriting Skills: 8
Performance Skill: 8
Best Songs: Laura Left, Fever, The Journey, Lonely Sunshine
Weakness: ?
CD Review: Laura Jane, an LA based vocalist/songwriter/performer/choreographer started singing at the age of four, and landed roles in the operas Carmen and Tosca at the tender age of ten. She is also well-traveled and has been on every single continent in the world. As an adult, she has worked with numerous stars including Enrique Iglesias; Kelly Clarkson; Teena Marie; Aaliyah; Monica; Jessica Simpson; and Anastacia. So what type of project should you expect from an artist with this profile and depth of experience? One of quality and an eclectic theme.

At first you think that you have her pegged as another R&B dance diva/part-time actress on her opening track, "Laura Left," which manages to blend contemporary grooves with 80's influenced Minneapolis Time/Prince rhythms, but she's more than that. The Carribean flavored, "The Call," and her homage to the the spoken-word art form, "Domino Effect," are proof that she thinks (and writes) about more than getting her groove on.

She heats things up on ""Fever," a sultry, welcomed addition to her repertoire that contains her best and most beguiling performance. As you get deeper into this project, it becomes clear that Laura is not bound, or committed, to a specific genre and is more dedicated to the expression of her artistry and merely uses her talent as a tool to convey it - which makes her the perfect collaborating partner for the illustrious and underrated production of Xavier Dhrepaulezz, CEO of Black Ball Universe, who penned "The Journey," and "Lonely Sunshine," which bolster the commerical value of this CD and complement Laura's vocals and personality perfectly.

Advice: You seem to be doing just fine. Keep up the good work.

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