Various Artists

Ladies with Soul

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The budget compilation Ladies with Soul delivers on what the title promises, offering ten tracks from urban divas like Shanice, Brenda Russell, and Vesta Williams. While most of the songs aren't especially well-known, the album does feature a few hits, chief among them Oleta Adams' "Get Here," Ce Ce Peniston's "I'm Not Over You," and Patti LaBelle's "All This Love." Aside from not offering as many definitive tracks as it could, the album lacks a cohesive flow from track to track, moving from the dance-pop of Jody Watley's "I Want You" to the softer sounds of Russell's "Stop Running Away" to a rather jarring effect. Overall, the album's short length and fair-to-middling song selections make Ladies with Soul worthwhile only if you've been looking for one of the songs that appears here and don't want to pay a lot of money for it.

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