Laura Reed used to lead the meandering Deep Pocket, an Asheville jam band that shuffled through grooves and wrapped positive refrains in horns and keys. Reed's voice—a soaring soul tone, with a hint of rasp at the edges—deserved the attention it's finally beginning to get. Reed has since moved to Nashville, found her Svengali and started working with a producer whose credits include India.Arie. Her new single, "Wake Up," is a cool shock of verve, backing her ostensibly renewable optimism with a Motown chart that might suit Bruno Mars. Hell, she's even cut her dreadlocks. Nth Power—a soul-and-funk supergroup, as such things go—joins.
—Grayson Haver Currin