By Matt Diehl
Updated March 27, 1998 at 05:00 AM EST

ALI Crucial (Island Black Music) As D’Angelo is to Marvin Gaye, Ali is to Al Green. This Brit soulster masterfully replicates Green’s raspy burr, yet has missed his gritty, transcendent soul: Only on the title track and ”So In Love” does Ali get down and dirty. Sadly, the rest of this overproduced, cliche-ridden debut proves to be anything but crucial. B-