Yola’s Another Girl CD is soulful, jazzy and captures the many moods of love. The title cut “Another Girl” expresses each of our desires to me more than just another girl. “No Matter” carries a fierce message that “…no matter what somebody says I know that love can make a change…” This number is backed by an equally fierce, but not overwhelming, beat to the music.


All the songs, except “Venus” were written by Yola, and her lyrics are sincere, to the point and fit well with the music.  The music never overpower the lyrics, rather, they provide punctuation for her sentiments. Her remake of Shocking Blue’s “Venus” is just a fun, hip-hop-but-edgy rendition that had me dancing around the room.


All in all, this is a very well done original CD with poetic lyrics that didn’t become saccharine and an excellent set of musical arrangements.


~review by Karen Phillippi

Artist: Yola

Top Shelf Records, 2003