Although a tad on the safe side, with many tracks following a similar thread, there isn't too much fault to be found in Natalie Brown's debut release. Capably produced by Jeremy Rwakaaraa and recorded in San Francisco, the 13 tracks on this sensually captivating disc demonstrate the poise and finesse of a competent soul artist in the making. Brown comes across as a softer version of Teena Marie and Christina Aguilera, without the robust vocals. Her range is more suited for mid-tempo arrangements such as "You Make Me Feel," "You Pierced My Soul," and the title song. With an easy delivery, melodic harmonies, and gently pulsing rhythms, Let the Candle Burn provides a convincing introduction to the wealth of talent simmering just below the surface.