January 09, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Change It All

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Goapele

Goapele largely eschews the rugged hip-hop beats that marked her debut album for jazz-funk fare that veers dangerously close to dentist-office drool on Change It All. Her flower child idealism is still present, though, as are her amiable vocals that recall lite versions of Mary J. Blige and Sade. But there’s no excuse for ”Darker Side of the Moon,” a treacly retread of Xtina’s ”Beautiful” from producer Linda Perry. Change can be overrated.

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