By Wook Kim
Updated October 11, 1996 at 04:00 AM EDT

On her second solo album, ex-Bangle Susana Hoffs performs a small act of bravery: She ignores the commercial inclinations that hampered her previous efforts and goes on instinct. And those instincts serve her well. Backed by a large cast of cosongwriters and guest musicians, Hoffs’ lilting vocals demonstrate an honesty that is charmingly unself-conscious and uncertain: territory worth further exploration. B