14 Songs, 47 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Few entertainers have grown up as fast, or as publicly, as Ray J. When we first met him in 1997, he was Brandy’s adorable little brother on the wholesome TV show Moesha; ten years later, in 2007, his sex tape with Kim Kardashian brought him the massive fame he always wanted from his music. Finding a balance between one’s own personality and the public’s perception can be a precarious feat for a young pop star, but Ray J manages to pull it off on All I Need. “Like To Trick” and “Sexy Can I” bridge the flirtatious fancies of the teenage years with adult bedroom games. Rodney Jerkins helms a string of productions that deviate just enough from the cookie-cutter formulas of modern R&B; witness the merger of piano and organ on “Gifts,” and the Motown bassline that swings underneath waves of xylophone on “Girl From the Bronx.” And while his sex tape scandal will prevent Ray J from ever playing the teenybopper again, he hasn’t forgotten his old tricks: “Good Girl Gone Bad” is as candy sweet as anything a New Edition fan could hope for.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Few entertainers have grown up as fast, or as publicly, as Ray J. When we first met him in 1997, he was Brandy’s adorable little brother on the wholesome TV show Moesha; ten years later, in 2007, his sex tape with Kim Kardashian brought him the massive fame he always wanted from his music. Finding a balance between one’s own personality and the public’s perception can be a precarious feat for a young pop star, but Ray J manages to pull it off on All I Need. “Like To Trick” and “Sexy Can I” bridge the flirtatious fancies of the teenage years with adult bedroom games. Rodney Jerkins helms a string of productions that deviate just enough from the cookie-cutter formulas of modern R&B; witness the merger of piano and organ on “Gifts,” and the Motown bassline that swings underneath waves of xylophone on “Girl From the Bronx.” And while his sex tape scandal will prevent Ray J from ever playing the teenybopper again, he hasn’t forgotten his old tricks: “Good Girl Gone Bad” is as candy sweet as anything a New Edition fan could hope for.

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