Something akin to the sensuality of Angie Stone and the self-empowerment of Jill Scott

Pieces of Me

‘People just don’t know what I’m about,’ Ledisi sings in the title track of her watery new studio disc. And whose fault is that? This Oakland R&B singer has built up plenty of music-industry heat over the past few years. Yet she has trouble putting across any concentrated artistic sensibility; here, in songs co-written and produced by Salaam Remi and John Legend (among others), she seems stranded between Angie Stone’s sensuality and the self-empowerment of Jill Scott. An intermediate state may be exactly what Ledisi is about, but Pieces doesn’t convince you of that.

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