This talented voice, which more than hints of Mary J. Blige, is put to good use on all songs on "Your Woman.'' At a total of 18, those tracks give great reason to put the CD player on "repeat."
A song especially worth repeating is "Heard it all before,'' the album's first single, and the one that has justly given Anderson her current fame. Like several other songs in the world of R & B, "Heard it all before" focuses on a woman empowering herself against a poor male partner. The vocal style depicts well the fact this woman has been mistreated, yet, because she deserves better, she will end up triumphing over this pain.
Appropriately, the album moves forward to describe that in future songs. The whole album can be seen as a timeline, with "Vulnerability" proceeding to "Letting Down My Guard" to "Crazy Love." The way this is all arranged is clever and adds to the listeners' experience. It's like a story unfolding.
The arrangements of the songs themselves are in classic R & B style, though the elements of funk, folk and soul are hinted at in many of the tracks on "Your Woman."
The everyday experiences sung about on the album (such as going out to lunch or dinner) make "Your Woman" shy away from the trap that other songstresses might fall into: wailing about unrequited love or intense love. Sunshine Anderson instead gives us something rooted in reality, instead of solely the romantic. In this way, there's a substance listeners can enjoy.
Sunshine Anderson's voice is also very enjoyable: soulful and emotive. Hopefully, her success will extend beyond her first single, into more well-thought and thoughtful albums.
Catherine Galioto is a staff writer. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.