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Poe's 1995 debut, Hello, established her as a potential star, a post-modern troubadour with catchy hooks, smart lyrics, and a provocative attitude. On her long-overdue follow-up, Haunted, Poe takes all of those attributes and multiplies them exponentially, not only delivering on all that promise but blowing past it. The explosive "Wild" features furious guitars and Poe sampling her own "la-la-la" bridge from Hello's title track. Just as impressive and even more powerful is Haunted's finale, the gorgeous, acoustic "If I Were Here." The song, which opens with a friend's daughter whispering "I miss you" and includes a vocal sample of Poe's late father, exposes raw emotion that's both brutal and beautiful. Poe once again showcases the attitude that made "Angry Johnny" a smash. The sexy, drum-heavy "Control" and "Not a Virgin," built around an aggressive, repetitious beat, display a confident bravado. Haunted is a heady, emotionally complex work that's as infectious and accessible as it is cerebral.