Ann G.

From the Heart

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When you're flooding the market with as many releases as Atlantic was in the early 1990s, some albums are bound to fall between the cracks. Regrettably, that's exactly what happened with Ann G's From the Heart, an urban contemporary release that didn't do very much. Not outstanding but generally decent, this CD indicated that Ann had some potential as a vocalist, songwriter and co-producer. The material reflects her interest in the R&B artists who were popular at the time. En Vogue is an obvious influence on funky offerings like "All I See Is You" and "Get a Life," while traces of the Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis sound make their way to sleek tuns such as "Hassle Free" and "Where Will You Be." But Ann never sounds like she's going out of her way to emulate anyone, and on the whole, she comes across as sincere rather than contrived. It's too bad she didn't become better known.