Monique Berry, a promising piano song artist on her debut, emerges fully formed as a stunning pop-soul artist on her sophomore release, Waking Up. Emotionally bare, these songs are authentic and intimate portraits of a revealing lyricist showing advanced sophistication in her arrangements. Monique's songs are beautifully understated pieces that use jazz expression, touches of percolating ethnic percussion, and smart, R&B phrasing. The Asian edition includes an excellent rendition of Paul Simon's "Bridge Over Troubled Water."
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AllMusic Review by Tom Schulte