December 01, 2008 12:00 PM

The Promise

REVIEWED BY IVORY JEFF CLINTON

R&B

After a foray into jazz on last year’s excellent Dinah Washington tribute, Destination Moon, Deborah Cox makes a winning return to the pop-friendly soul with which she began her career. Her powerful yet sensitive delivery is showcased on smooth grooves and ballads like the John Legend-assisted title track.

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