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Renée Neufville "Watching Me" [Listen][Amazon][iTunes]

It’s fair to say that absolutely no one was expecting this one. Renée Neufville, best known as one-half of ‘90s R&B duo Zhané, a frequent collaborator of Roy Hargrove and the featured vocalist in Seravince, never really clamored for solo attention, instead letting her silky smooth vocals speak for themselves whenever they showed up on a track. Then last October, the phenomenal Ms. Neufville dropped her debut solo single “Watching Me” and reminded us of exactly what we’d been missing.

“Watching Me” is four-and-a-half minutes of groove, with production that evokes a smoky lounge as the piano, bass, percussion and mesmerizing horns set the mood. Renee brings it all together with her one-of-a-kind vocal, both pillowy soft and yet unmistakably distinct. The beautiful thing is that Renée doesn’t oversell the song with unnecessary runs or wails, though she easily could. Instead, she wraps her voice around the music, adding just what the song needs at the right moments.

Don’t call it a comeback. Instead, consider it a reintroduction to an amazing talent. -- D-Money

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