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Kellylee Evans: I Remember When

For Kellylee Evans fans in her native Canada (and those south of the 49th parallel willing to pay big bucks for import CDs), I Remember When is nothing new. Fifteen months after its Canadian release, the album has finally made its domestic arrival. And patience has its virtues: The U.S. version deletes two of the weaker tracks and adds three stronger originals.

Though the disc follows on the heels of Evans’ album-length tribute to Nina Simone, it is closer in sound, spirit and energy to her jazz-soul gem Fight or Flight? from 2007. But scratch the “jazz.” Evans is now a full-fledged soul singer with freshly sharpened hip-hop influences.

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