With the release of Aaliyah, her third effort, the multi-talented performer explores more adult, darker themes. Produced by various artists (including Timbaland, whom she hooked up with on her last CD, One in a Million), Aaliyah shows her usual womanly confidence, yet also reveals a subtler, gentler side, with the music switching from syncopated beats and breaks to mellow grooves. There's "We Need A Resolution," the Timbaland-produced cut that focuses on a strained relationship; or "Never No More," which sheds light on spousal abuse. The CD is definitely a must for Aaliyah fans and R&B listeners alike. Simply put, Aaliyah was a step above her contemporaries, exhibiting a grace, poise, elegance and mystique that are missing from female singers in the R&B world today. In an era where being ghetto-fabulous is the rage, Aaliyah chose to walk the narrow path.