Francine Reed

I Want You to Love Me

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By the time she released her debut album, Francine Reed had established herself as a fine blues singer through her work with Lyle Lovett. I Want You to Love Me proves that she can do it on her own. Lovett drops in for the opening cut, "Why I Don't Know," but this remains Reed's show, and she shows she knows what she's doing. She can sing sultry slow blues, belt out soul, and get down and dirty -- in short, she can do it all. Furthermore, she has the songs to prove her talents, relying on classics from Jerry Butler and Muddy Waters, among others. The result is a thoroughly entertaining record from an accomplished artist.

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