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The songs on Something About The Girl showcase the democracy between singer, musicianship and lyrics at their best. Take the dance track "No More Tears," which is the last song on the album. This song rips to shreds the belief that the lyrics come in a distant second to the music on dance song. Like on any good dance track, the hook on "No More Tears" is memorable. However, the lyrics more than match up to the beat and the hook, and Dira delivers those lyrics in a conversational style that is totally in sync with the song's pulsating, rhythmic beat.

There are no low points on Something About The Girl, but standout songs include the torchy ballad "Hand On Your Heart," the funky jam "Get Through To You," the neo-soul mid-tempo track "Loving A Stranger" and the soulful "Time Out Of Time." Recommended



She began her career as a singer as well as a student at the Music Department of Pelita Harapan, majoring vocal performance. In 2006 Dira J. Sugandi earned her Bachelor Degree. She has performed in several places with many groups and local musicians such as: SOULMATE, Maestro Big Band, Rieka Roslan, SOVA, Imam Praz Quartet, ARAB Jazz, Pelita Harapan University Big Band, and many more.

She has also performed with foreign musicians such as INCOGNITO (2002) in Bandung, Surabaya, Makasar, Medan (2006) in Bali, Singapore, Jakarta Keith Martin (2005) in Bandung, YELLOWJACKETS (2006) in Jakarta and Bandung. She has also performed at several jazz events like Java Jazz Festivals, Bali Jazz and Jakjazz.

Now she's release her first solo album with Bluey from INCOGNITO as the album's producer which will be released this year. She's also involved in a project called World Peace Orchestra with musicians from around the world such as Dwiki Dharmawan, Walfredo Reyes Jr, Roger Burns, Steve Thorton, Andy Suzuki and Tollak Olstad. Dira was also the lucky songstress to sing with Jason Mraz at JJF 2009.