Southern Gal

by: Terry Ellis

En Vogue member Terry Ellis solo debut, Southern Gal, is quite similar to the records of her band. Produced by Denzil Foster and Thomas McElroy, who helmed both of the En Vogue albums, Southern Gal is a smooth, commercial-oriented, hip-hop-informed, contemporary R&B album with pop leanings. Ellis' voice is in fine form and the songs sound immaculate, with all the parts intertwining in a graceful, subtle manner. However, the album is far from compelling. Even with all the production detail and Ellis'strong performance, it sinks from its lack of high quality songs. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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