Chip Deffaa
December 22, 1995 AT 05:00 AM EST

I Refuse to Be Lonely

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Phyllis Hyman
Producers
Philadelphia International, Zoo
genre
Jazz

We gave it a B

The troubled, truculent R&B diva never sounded richer or more expressive than on this album, completed just before her suicide. ”It’s Not About You (It’s About Me),” which Hyman coauthored, is her strongest number — and the most painful to hear. With lyrics like ”I’ve got to go, I need to be free, I’ve had enough,” her intentions, in retrospect, seem clear. B

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