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Samantha Mumba 3/27/2001

Review

Like many talented teenage pop singers, Samantha Mumba was initially promoted on the strength of her talent -- as in, "Isn't she much more talented than any other singer of her age?" It is true that Mumba is a fine singer, with a voice that sounds richer than most teen singers, and her material on her debut Gotta Tell You isn't strictly flimsy teen pop. It's more soulful and pretty well-constructed, sultry without veering into Lolita territory. In short, this is a fine product, a sterling example of immaculately crafted dance-pop and radio-ready ballads. If there's any problem, it's that, apart from "Body II Body," which weirdly appropriates David Bowie's icy "Ashes to Ashes" for a seduction number, none of this is particularly memorable without repeated spins. After those plays, it still seems like Gotta Tell You is a little too heavy on filler -- the singles, like "Gotta Tell You" and "Baby, Come Over (This Is Our Night)" are what stand out, along with the slow-burning closer, "Lately" -- but it's still better crafted than much teen pop, and it's delivered with conviction by Mumba. It's not a stunner, but it's satisfying on its own (albeit ephemeral) terms, and it sets her up well for greater things. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Gotta Tell You Samantha Mumba 3:19
  3. 2 Baby, Come Over (This Is Our Night) Samantha Mumba 3:33
  4. 3 The Boy [Remix] Samantha Mumba 4:5
  5. 4 Don't Need You to Tell Me I'm Pretty Samantha Mumba 3:39
  6. 5 Always Come Back to Your Love Samantha Mumba 3:54
  7. 6 Feelin' Is Right Samantha Mumba 3:51
  8. 7 Body II Body Samantha Mumba 4:0
  9. 8 What's It Gonna Be Samantha Mumba 3:0
  10. 9 Never Meant to Be Samantha Mumba 4:12
  11. 10 Isn't It Strange Samantha Mumba 3:31
  12. 11 Lately Samantha Mumba 5:10
  13. 12 'Til Night Becomes Day Samantha Mumba 3:43

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