Picks and Pans Review: A Nu Day
On her sophomore set Tamia, a featured vocalist on Quincy Jones’s 1995 album Q’s Jook Joint, sets out to prove that she’s more than just a good singer on other people’s records (such as last year’s hit duet with Eric Benet “Spend My Life with You”). But on A Nu Day, as on her 1998 self-titled solo debut, the wife of NBA star Grant Hill again struggles to distinguish herself as an artist in her own right. In fact, the hip-hop tracks “Can’t Go for That” and “Wanna Be,” two of four songs produced by rapper Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott, are more Missy than Tamia. Slow jams like “Stranger in My House” and her DeBarge cover “Love Me in a Special Way” seem more her speed.
Bottom Line: Still hasn’t found her own voice