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Album Review

As on her debut album, Stranger on Earth, Shelina Ward (aka Lina), aided and abetted by producer/arranger Jeeve, mixes old swing elements into her otherwise unremarkable neo-soul tunes. In the musical tracks, Jeeve displays an affection for string and horn sounds, sometimes appropriately distressed as if taken from scratchy old records, but these are juxtaposed to the usual thudding percussion sounds more typical of the genre. Lina, who employs several different vocal styles, sings over these eclectic tracks, usually restraining herself from the ranginess she displayed on her debut as she explores the subjects of love and self-assertion. There are moments that vaguely recall the 1970s days of Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band, another act with an affection for swing styles, but Lina and Jeeve never manage that group's humor or panache. When The Inner Beauty Movement succeeds, it does so because of Lina's catchy melodies and distinctive singing, not because of Jeeve's gimmicky production signature.

Customer Reviews

Perfect album!

Personally, I haven't heard a soul album as well thought-out as this was. Every track is beautiful, not only in lyric, but also production and arrangement. Lina's voice is truly enchanting. Tracks that really stand out to me are "I Am", "Come to Mama", "It Could Be", and "Smooth". You ABSOULTELY have to download this album.

Lina and Nikkole are Hot

My friend just hipped me to Lina they said she was just as hot as Nikkole, and they won't lying! Both of these singers have sexy voices filled with emotion. You go girlz!

The Soundtrack of ANTM!

For not being a public figure, I swear I hear Lina more than any other artists. I heard "Run To Me" at Timber Lodge Steakhouse, "It's Alright (off the album Itunes strangely took off the site) on MTV shows, and many tracks from this album are used as backround music on America's Next Top Model. Oddly, tracks like "I Am", "Music" and "Run To Me" were all in Cycle 2 of the show even though the album had yet to be released! Hopefully this means Lina is on the way to the recognition she has always deserved. I love every song on this album and I can't wait to hear more. Highly recommended for any soul fan.


Born: Denver, CO

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s

Not to be confused with the young French singer of the same name, Lina is an operatic-sounding neo-soul singer from Texas, who fuses contemporary R&B with the style (and samples) of classic swing and vocal jazz. Titled after her cover of the Dinah Washington number, Lina's ambitious debut album Stranger...
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