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Radio Music Society

Radio Music SocietyOn her first release since swiping last year's Best New Artist Grammy from poor, defenseless Justin Bieber, the singer-bassist sounds eager for a pop...Radio Music SocietyJazzOn her first release since swiping last year's Best New Artist Grammy from poor, defenseless Justin Bieber, the singer-bassist sounds eager for a pop...2012-03-20
POP CONVERT The Grammy winner combines funk, soul and pop to offer a blend of standout tracks

POP CONVERT The Grammy winner combines funk, soul and pop to offer a blend of standout tracks (Carlos Pericas)

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Radio Music Society

Genre: Jazz; Lead Performer: Esperanza Spalding; Status: In Season; Music Label: Heads Up

On her first release since swiping last year’s Best New Artist Grammy from poor, defenseless Justin Bieber, the singer-bassist sounds eager for a pop crossover — check out her funky take on Michael Jackson’s ”I Can’t Help It,” and ”City of Roses,” a soulful pair-up with Q-Tip. But Radio Music Society is no dumb-down job: Closer ”Smile Like That” finds her brandishing sour notes (and revered sideman Jack DeJohnette on the drums) with jazz-nerd verve. B

Best Tracks:
Lustrous lead single Black Gold
Horn-enriched Radio Song

Originally posted March 20 2012 — 12:00 AM EDT

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