Laurnea II

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Laurneá, the former lead singer of Arrested Development, returned in 2000 with this very strong sophomore set. The only difference being she was no longer on Babyface's Yab Yum/Epic record label but on a small independent label called Ying Yang Music Cafe. However, the quality of the material was unaffected, and I feel that most of the album was due to be released on the ill-fated sophomore set on Yab Yum/Epic. Standout tracks include the duet with R&B crooner Jon B called "Still Come Back 2 U" and the Tribe Called Quest-produced track "Keep Your Head Up." Tony Toni Tone's Dwayne Wiggins adds his inimitable flavor on "He's My Man," and Laurneá's partner, DJ Kermit, adds two tracks to complete the set. In the main the album is very strong, but it was only released in limited quantities, and is becoming very scarce. However, if seen it should be purchased as a matter of course.

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