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True Beauty

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Consider the fate of American Idol‘s R&B contenders. After raising the roof on TV with showstopping standards, many end up crooning gibberish over hip-hop beats for their CDs. Plus-size powerhouse Mandisa may have exited season 5 amid accusations of her homophobia, but at least she realizes her considerable pipes and self-righteousness are best suited to Christian pop. True Beauty sets its no-fun agenda in the catchy yet disapproving title track, which preaches, ”Enough sex and the city, what about purity?” B-
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