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Sananda Maitreya: Pandora's PlayHouse (TreeHouse)

Michael A. Gonzales, The Wire, April 2021

YEARS BEFORE Terence Trent D'Arby renamed himself Sananda Maitreya, he was a mid-1980s sensation embraced by the UK pop media, the US alternative press, Black rockers and soul revivalists alike. As a musical auteur who wrote, produced and played many instruments, D'Arby had it all, as proven by his debut Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby. An American expat living in London, he was unlike most new R&B acts of that era; while they channelled Michael Jackson, Prince or Luther Vandross, D'Arby's influences went back to the days of Sam Cooke, Jackie Wilson and Smokey Robinson.

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