With Muldrow handling production duties on all of its nine tracks, The Light Bearer is a delightful melange of jazzy, multilayered, hip-hop-inspired cosmic funk that charts Rose's personal journey over 30 minutes. The cool sway and yearning vocals on opener "Rhythm Of Life" shift the album into gear with a beguiling, introspective vibe sustained by the idiosyncratic outer space bounce of "Masters of Disguise" and the summertime synth funk mover "Catch A Vibe." It all climaxes with the masterful "Emerald City," on which Rose delivers her most vocally uninhibited performance.
With The Light Bearer, Jimetta Rose should no longer be in the shadows. (Temporary Whatever)