New York City singer/songwriter Lisa St. Ann surrounds her sweet, capable voice with the confident musicianship of her backing band on this, her potent CD debut. Taking cues from Carol King, Aimee Mann, and the Beatles, St. Ann knows how to craft smart pop songs with interesting twists and turns, while maintaining ultimate listenability. Tracks like "The Way It Is" and "Oceans in Motion" suggest the strength of Melissa Etheridge, but she tempers that toughness with a more highly developed sense of songcraft, not to mention a lighter touch. A solid effort from start to finish, Curiously Strong comes highly recommended to fans of intelligent, yet earthy pop music.
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AllMusic Review by Andy Hinds