JAZMINE SULLIVAN‘s sophmore album Love Me Back was overshadowed in a year of monumental soul pop singles. But pay attention; she’s ready to play with the big girls of ‘modern R&B’.

A young Philly singer under the tutelege of Missy Elliott, she’s got the grooves, sings with range, depth and power (and more than a hint of Elkie Brooks)…and tries not to be as disposably banal as most radio fare. Plus she’s clearly having fun.

Yes, its a commercial album. But like an underdog in an election, first you need to catch people’s attention. And she sure has caught mine.