By Cheo Tyehimba
Updated August 06, 2001 at 04:00 AM EDT
Blu Cantrell: Steve HOWARD/LFIBlu Cantrell: Steve Howard/LFI

This self-assured debut, So Blu, issues a message to all the lyin’, cheatin’, heartbreakin’ dirty dogs of the world: You can’t keep a good woman down. Bluesy but modern, Cantrell belts it out with the immediacy and energy of a hard-bop trumpet player. Although at times her flashy vocal stylings obscure the songs’ emotional depth, this woman has a story to tell.