Mikael Wood
January 21, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

Coming Back to You

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Melinda Doolittle

We gave it an B+

As a finalist on American Idol‘s season 6, Doolittle sang powerfully but lacked star power; at times it seemed like one of the vocal coaches had snuck on stage. So it’s quite a surprise that her debut Coming Back to You ranks among Idol‘s liveliest yet. Doolittle channels Tina ?Turner and Aretha Franklin over live-band arrangements that feel fresh-faced and old-school at the same time. In “I’ll Never Stop Loving You,” she even uncovers an improbable reserve of torch-song sex appeal. B+

Download This: Listen to the song ”It’s Your Love” on the singer’s MySpace

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