Matt Diehl
March 27, 1998 AT 05:00 AM EST

Crucial

type
Music
Current Status
In Season

We gave it a B-

ALI Crucial (Island Black Music) As D’Angelo is to Marvin Gaye, Ali is to Al Green. This Brit soulster masterfully replicates Green’s raspy burr, yet has missed his gritty, transcendent soul: Only on the title track and ”So In Love” does Ali get down and dirty. Sadly, the rest of this overproduced, cliche-ridden debut proves to be anything but crucial. B-

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