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Mike Greenblatt’s Rant ‘N’ Roll

In 2016, The Truth was a left-field hit by singer-songwriter Nao Yoshioka. Now, with the release of her fourth album, the aptly-named Undeniable (Sweet Soul Records), the singer inhabits a Philly soul style but with digital beats and a different producer for each song. Recorded in Philadelphia with Khari Mateen (The Roots) and Vidal Davis (Usher) amongst its various sound scientists, she’s shooting for superstardom on such irresistible slices of sweet ear candy like “Liberation” (a soaring epiphany on how she survived success without succumbing to its residual pitfalls) and “All In Me” (a funky dancer with semi-profound lyrics).