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Album Review

Yet another pleasing, succinct album from Goapele, Strong as Glass is a little more energetic than the singer and songwriter's previous release, 2011's Break of Dawn. On "Hey Boy," she taps into the re-emergent sound of sophisticated early-'80s dancefloor R&B (akin to Change) with an unintrusive contribution from Snoop Dogg. "Perfect" and "My Love," the latter of which features Eric Benét, deal out sleeker contemporary sounds without drowning out the singer's voice. Only on "Powerful" does Goapele sound out of place, Auto-Tuned and surrounded by rat-a-tat drums and jarring robotic interjections. The deeply emotive ballads, more impressive than enjoyable, simmer. The slow jams — "Insanity" and "Last Days" — boil over.

Customer Reviews

Love Love Love Her!

Loved her vibe every since the day I heard "Closer"! Her unique & eclectic sound has me hooked! Love the new album!

Goapele, Goapele, Goapele….

I miss the old Goapele… Really wish she didn’t sell out like this, she was one of the truly good ones

Strong as Glass

This is Bullet Proof, Loving every song the voice only getting better


Born: July 11, 1977 in Oakland, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Born Goapele Mohlabane in Oakland, CA, this singer grew up in a socially conscious and politically active family. Her mother married South African political exile Douglas Mohlabane while studying in Nairobi, Kenya. At an early age, Goapele attended the Berkeley Arts Magnet School where she led a pre-teen peer support group. She also became involved in various groups and organizations that combated racism and sexism. It would be these extroverted activities that assisted her singing career as she...
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