Radio Music Society 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… Radio Music Society 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… 2012-03-20 Esperanza Spalding Jazz Heads Up
Music Review

Radio Music Society (2012)

POP CONVERT The Grammy winner combines funk, soul and pop to offer a blend of standout tracks
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POP CONVERT The Grammy winner combines funk, soul and pop to offer a blend of standout tracks
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Mar 20, 2012; Lead Performance: Esperanza Spalding; Genre: Jazz; Production: 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 Mar 14, 2012 Published in issue #1199 Mar 23, 2012 Order article reprints
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