Some of the newfangled soul musicians feel authentic (Alicia Keys), while others seem like they’re trying too hard and go the way of Remy Shand. Amos Lee sits somewhere in the middle. On his self-titled debut, he’s lulls you into complacency with a rich mellow voice, recalling James Taylor’s simplicity. But other times, his jazzy acoustic guitar-playing and
showy vocals seem a bit like shticka kind of Ben Harper-lite. There’s a big push on for this artist, positioning him as the next Norah Jones and sending him off on tour with Bob Dylan. But it’s safe, glossy soul without the sexy. And what’s the point ofthat? SHANDA DEZIEL
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