Elisabeth Vincentelli
March 26, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Finally Woken

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Jem

We gave it a B

If you’re going to embrace a one-named Brit songstress, please please please make it Jem rather than Dido. Though the gently swaying songs on Jem’s debut full-length get a bit samey after a while, more often than not she succeeds in mixing the shuffle of languid hip-hop beats with intimate melodies — ”They” and ”Wish I” are textbook lessons in how to pick samples, then smoothly build genuine pop songs around them. It’s a harsh world out there, but Finally offers charming succor.

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