After a three-year hiatus, Tweet is back, and ready to unveil the long overdue It's Me Again, an exciting, new chapter in her life, which she refers to as "Southern Hummingbird times two." Says Tweet: "It's still me, but it's a different revelation of me. I've grown as an artist as well as a woman--I've been there, done that, and it's a great feeling''. Elektra. 2005.
It's Me Again is a bad name for a great record, the reason being that the sound that bumps infectiously through around half of these 16 tracks is distinctively Missy Elliott's (she executive produced). "Turn Da Lights Off," the opening song after a space-wasting, self-congratulatory intro, crackles for a moment with what sounds like an old Supremes sample, then off we goeach subsequent joint doles out some unexpected aural treat, be it the whomp-bomp of "Iceberg," the dreamy '70s coast-along of "Cab Ride," or the clever boogie-woogie of "Sports, Sex & Food" (listen up, girls). The small screen in simpler days is a major theme, with Tweet revisiting "Kojak" and "Taxi" for samples; when she's not channel-surfing for sounds, the sturdy-voiced chanteuse sticks around the era to rework "We Don't Need No Water." The roof never smoldered quite so elegantly. --Tammy La Gorce