Lead Performer: Sophie B. Hawkins

”Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover” was R&B Cool Whip; the ubiquitous ”As I Lay Me Down” was like a Hallmark prayer. Timbre tries harder for Art. Probing identity and friendship, declaring love like war, Sophie B. Hawkins goes lighter on the synthesizer moisturizers and instead plays her lusty, thin-voiced, codependent rock-star-next-door image against fine-boned Lilith Fair chamber pop. It’s emotionally bold and intermittently charming, but still more Lifetime than Bravo. C+

Originally posted July 23 1999 — 12:00 AM EDT

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