By Michael Endelman
Updated March 17, 2020 at 02:53 AM EDT

A Change Is Gonna Come

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  • Music

Naming your album, A Change Is Gonna Come, after a legendary Sam Cooke song is pretentious. Covering said song, well, that’s just ballsy. Unfortunately, newcomer Leela James’ version of the track is too reverent to excite. It’s a shame, because her laid-back cover of No Doubt’s ”Don’t Speak” is very cool, and despite a couple musical missteps and some sour, reactionary lyrics, this is a solid neo-soul release, with creative production (Kanye West, Raphael Saadiq) and plenty of James’ wonderfully astringent vocals.

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A Change Is Gonna Come

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