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Being the protegé of someone famous offers obvious advantages, especially in the earliest stages of an artist's career. The rub arises when the junior performer tries to stand alone -- or, in the case of Tweet, a songstress under Missy Elliott's wing, fly solo. It's Me Again, Tweet's second album, avoids confronting such potential pitfalls head on, and as a result, it tumbles into many of them.

The sophomore album by the woman born Charlene Keys isn't a disaster. Still, no song here is nearly as distinctive as "Oops (Oh My)," the smash that powered Tweet's debut, 2002's Southern Hummingbird, and because her vocal mentality is that of a background singer, she often sounds like a guest star on her own disc. That's especially true on "Turn Da Lights Off" and "Things I Don't Mean," featuring cameos by Elliott.

As her spoken intro to the CD makes clear, Tweet's happy to be back on board, but she can't remain a passenger forever. If she wants to stay aloft, she needs to push her way into the pilot's seat.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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