Latoya London, Love And Life
Yes, this is the same Latoya London who got robbed on season three of American Idol (Diana and Jasmine so didn't deserve to make the final three). Now removed from the weekly all-things-to-all-people competition, Latoya has decided that her debut album will… be all things to all people. But this is not necessarily a bad thing, even as our heads reel at the Oakland twentysomething moving from Monica ("Scandalous") to SWV ("Every Part of Me") to Vanessa Williams ("Learn to Breathe") in the span of the album's first three tracks. "Appreciate," the album's first single, is kinetic and hookish; the rest is better suited to a wedding reception than the club, making this collection a more mature alternative to contemporary R&B.