Margeaux Watson
January 26, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

Sunshine at Midnight

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Sunshine Anderson
Producers
Music World

We gave it a B

Six years after her breakthrough hit, ”Heard It All Before,” Macy Gray’s ex-protégée has found a new mentor in Beyoncé’s dad/manager, Mathew Knowles. Sunshine Anderson lacks his daughter’s polish, but her raspy voice has a street-smart edge that evokes early Mary J. Blige. The first half of Sunshine at Midnight, her second album, is packed with rump-shakin’ fits of fury, while slow jams dominate the latter. Anderson’s talent is fully grown, but her infatuation with thugs — and their underwear — is a juvenile distraction. B

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