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Posted by: Dave on November 7, 2005 at 4:41 pm

Sound: Gangsta rap, party jams, inspirational hip hop and R&B united by one theme – Miri Ben-Ari’s innovative and impressive violin/string arrangements, which she wrote, performed and produced throughout the album
Note: This is her third solo LP, but her previous two were primarily instrumental jazz
Also note: Last year she rose to prominence playing violin on hit singles like Kanye West’s “Jesus Walksicon” and “The New Workout Planicon” and Twista’s “Overnight Celebrityicon“, plus she’s performed on tracks by Wyclef Jeanicon, Brandyicon, John Legendicon, Janet Jacksonicon and Trick Daddyicon since 2002
Heavy Rotation tracks:Jump & Spread Outicon” (featuring Fatman Scoop & Vicious) (dancehall reggae, crowd-hyping hip hop and Middle Eastern violin collide to make one hell of a unique club track); “Sunshine to the Rainicon” (featuring Scarface & Anthony Hamilton); “4 Flat Tiresicon” (featuring Baby, Lil’ Wayne & 6 Shot)
Medium Rotation tracks:We Gonna Winicon” (featuring Styles P); “Hold Your Head Up Highicon” (featuring Lil’ Mo); “New World Symphonyicon” (featuring Pharoahe Monch)
Recommended: This could have easily felt like a novelty mixtape, but the solid guest MC and vocal performances, quality production and wide-ranging variety of hits make this one of the most exciting mainstream hip hop/r&b albums of the year.
Grade: B+

(As posted 11/7/05 on davepowersmusic.com)
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