February 09, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
We gave it a B

Nichols’ old band, the Fellow Travellers, were the best British folk/country/dub-reggae act ever. Solo, he has become more than the sum of his influences. With his warm, junkie-yawn tenor, he imagines himself a cross between James Taylor and Sade, with a twang here and a red-eyed Jamaican MC cameo there. Sounds suspicious, but darn if his neo-soul sincerity and tunefulness don’t make it work. May he rule Starbucks. B

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