Return of the Tender Lover
Babyface’s affectionate, hand-in-hand R&B has been sorely missed (his last solo album dropped in 2007). Live instruments and simple emotions are guided by a contemporary groove. Musical crush notes like “I Want You” and “Something Bout You” are propelled by his flawless voice. “Love and Devotion” and “Our Love” are perfect for a wedding party's walk down the aisle. “We’ve Got Love” wraps its arms around the world in a plea for personal connection. This is grown-folks' love music—and it arrives not a moment too soon.