Kelly Rowland comes out of the shadow of her former Destiny's Child band-mate and Oscar-nominated-actress best friend Beyonce Knowles with the release of her latest CD Ms Kelly. Some of the tracks echo their band's final release, Destiny Fulfilled and Rowland's writing is more personal and mature than anything on her previous effort, Simply Deep. Her sound is more mature, too, moving from the innocent soul and pop of Stole to Dilemma, a Grammy-winning duet with Nelly that is heavily influenced by hip hop R&B and dance. Rowland discusses the disappointments of past relationships in Love and Better Without You, explains why she had to break off her engagement in the apologetic Still in Love With My Ex, and expresses what she expects from a relationship in the compulsively danceable, beat-driven Work. The opening track Like This, a duet with the rapper Eve, is a popular club tune with a riff reminiscent of Snoop Dogg's Drop It Like It's Hot. But Rowland saves the best for last. This is Love is a simple ballad that contrasts her sweet yet powerful voice against a simple guitar accompaniment with great emotional force.