Miki Honeycutt has the kind of earnest affectation and genuinely raw sound that comes only from the heart. She sings Southern soul and surging blues on this release with the timing and intensity of a veteran, although she's a relative newcomer. It helps that she's backed by Sugar Ray And The Blue Tones, plus a host of fine guests including guitarist Duke Robillard and producer/keyboardist Ron Levy. But it's up to Honeycutt to make such numbers as "Not By Man Alone," "Teardrops" and "Somebody Special" something more than laboratory exercises. It's only on the covers, particularly her rendition of Irma Thomas' "Breakaway," where problems arise. But Honeycutt perseveres, showing the ability to sing soulful material with integrity and personalized flair.