Jim Farber
May 21, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

La Dona

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Teena Marie
Producers
Cash Money Classics

We gave it a B+

Blue-eyed-soul singer Teena Marie always transcended race. Now she transcends time. Though 48, and more than a decade off the charts, Marie sounds right in step with today’s neo-soul on her smashing comeback, thanks to collaborations with Cash Money producer Mannie Fresh and rapper Common. For a vintage R&B flavor, she’s paired on one track with Gerald Levert and on another with Rick James, her benefactor of old. But even the hot material and taut production can’t upstage the real star: Marie’s sexy, supple voice.

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