The latest contestant in the r&b queen sweepstakes, Maria has more going for her than most pretenders to the throne. On her debut, the Danish-born singer served as executive producer and co-wrote all the songs. And while her sultry voice puts her in league with Brandy and Beyoncé, Maria’s material lacks the distinctiveness to set her apart from the pack. Songs like the title track and the ballad “I Give, You Take” suffer from the same moody strings and ponderous beats, suggesting Maria’s just a one-note diva.
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