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Shemekia Copeland

  • Wicked [Alligator, 2000] *
  • Never Going Back [Telarc, 2009] *
  • 33 1/3 [Telarc, 2012] ***

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Wicked [Alligator, 2000]
A 101 fever, a coupla kids, and a few more Jon Tiven songs short of a genuine red-hot mama ("If He Moves His Lips," "Steamy Windows"). *

Never Going Back [Telarc, 2009]
Fourth-generation-and-counting blueswoman finds her voice, aka some decent songwriters ("Born a Penny," "Limousine"). *

33 1/3 [Telarc, 2012]
The title refers to her age, which she's come of ("Can't Let Go," "Somebody Else's Jesus") ***