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In the city: Jose James


Jose James


José James makes his music's exploratory nature explicit in lyrics that elaborate richly on his fascination with the energetic interface of body and soul. Well schooled in the seductive arts, James offers excellent love jams in "UR the 1" and "xx." He's seeking a higher power, or at least some kind of universal connection, in "Bodhisattva" and "4 Noble Truths." James' longing for inner peace avoids New Age cliché because, as a soul singer, he never abandons sensuality; his love-man act reaches uncommon levels of tenderness because, as a seeker, he refuses to get stuck in sex-talk clichés.
  
by Ann Powers

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