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Released: 14th May 2001.

Olivia - OliviaClive Davis' new record label sees their first R&B artist releasing her self-titled debut album. The question is, does "Olivia" live up to the expectations?

If you're expecting this to be another harmless R&B album, then you're wrong. As soon as you hit "play," you get treated to what is like the definition of the album - very strong language wrapped up in smooth and soulful music on "Bizounce." Catchy and addictive, this tune will get you humming for a while!

The upbeat highlight of the album, "Bring Tha Roof Down," sounds similar to Destiny's Child "Jumpin' Jumpin'" or such, only a lot better and more natural. There is a Jennifer Lopez-esque track as well, "You Got The Damn Thing," which will make you want to dance.

There are some real gems for ballad lovers as well, and yes they are swear-free. "When 2 Souls Touch" and "Look Around", a duet with label mate Jimmy Cozier, stand out with their beautiful arrangements and great atmosphere.

It's certainly not a bad effort, however there are some less eventful tracks as well. Overall it's good to hear something new and a bit different than your typical R&B sugary diva. The fusion of hip-hop and R&B in the way Olivia did it may be shocking for some, but it's definitely worth a listen.

* * * (Aneta Janssen)

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