"Funky divas, I don't need ya/Lucy Pearl lost this girl . . . I run this," Robinson snarls on "You Will Never." The song closes the 12-track disc, the overall thrust of which serves as a bold declaration of independence, musically and emotionally. The singer had a hand in writing half the numbers and employed eight sets of producers, including Ivan Barias and Carvin Haggins of Jill Scott and Musiq Soulchild renown. The songs are strong and the grooves fresh, from the Peter Frampton-inspired acoustic guitar lines that underscore the motivational ballad "Get Up Again" to the brilliantly programmed Latin percussion that fuels "Hold On." But it's the richness of Robinson's octave-leaping voice and urgency of her delivery that make this long-overdue debut stand out.
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