It's no coincidence that Maria Christensen's robust, gritty singing often brings to mind Taylor Dayne. This self-titled debut album was produced by Ric Wake, who was well known for his work with Dayne and no doubt had Dayne in mind when he produced this collection of R&B, dance music and adult contemporary ballads. Like Dayne, Christensen is a White singer who sounds like she could be Black, and she definitely has solid chops, but unfortunately, she didn't have a lot of great material to go with them. A handful of songs on this album are strong, including the exuberant dance number "Just a Little Bit of Love" and the idealistic "Perfect World," but most of the material is forgettable. From funky urban contemporary numbers like "Deeper" and "It's My Life" to the adult contemporary ballads "My Heart Could Talk" and "I've Got to Find a Way," Christensen's appealing voice is wasted on a lot of generic, ho-hum material. One hoped that in the future, the singer would live up to her potential.
AllMusic Review by Alex Henderson