Rising Up & Being Strong
And as you might expect, female empowerment, rising up and being strong under adverse conditions are underlying themes here, and Keyshia definitely has the voice and attitude to carry such songs. On tracks like "Last Night," (which is also on Diddy's Press Play album) and the aforementioned "Didn't I Tell You," which features Too $hort, Keyshia fully displays her incredibly powerful vocal abilities.
Unfortunately, the album's inconsistent in that department: although she sounds great on some songs, on others, her voice sounds plain and ordinary. She especially suffers on the album's slower songs, like the forgettable ballad "Work It Out" and the slow-tempo "Fallin' Out," in which her voice seems like it's been manipulated by studio technology to make it sound pitch-perfect. That's not to say that she's only a 'studio singer,' because there's plenty of evidence to the contrary. But there's also evidence that she's better at singing songs where she has to forcefully project her voice.
So overall, if you're not a Keyshia Cole fan, Just Like You may or may not win you over, but if you're already a fan, this album represents everything you love about her.