MUSIC: RETRO SOUL

LISA STANSFIELD'S RETURN IS A SLOW-BURNING PLEASURE

It took Cole Porter to prove Lisa Stansfield really had soul. On Red Hot + Blue, a 1990 tribute album to Porter, she contributed a sublimely sophisticated version of Down in the Depths. The song showed off the pop-soul diva's skills as a vocal interpreter; the number also demonstrated how good she could be when her material was as strong as her sure, supple voice.

Stansfield's new album, Lisa Stansfield, is the British singer's reintroduction to American audiences (her last U.S. release, Real Love, was in 1991). "We released a [follow-up] album, but it wasn't released in the states," says Stansfield....

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