Raymond Fiore
April 09, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The neo-soul pioneer’s latest was originally released overseas in 2000, but the beautifully arranged tunes sound fresh as ever — a seamless collage of Earth, Wind & Fire horn pops, lusty Cameo cyberfunk, and whimsical jazz romps. Angie Stone even lends sweet vocal support on the radio-friendly jam ”Be Thankful.”

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