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4.4 out of 5
258 Ratings

258 Ratings

Tanaka Selman ,

For tha Ladies

This is Joe's fifth album and it sounds great, very melodic, mature and smooth. I would like to see him come outside of his comfort zone though, like he did with his third & forth albums. I know if you’re a true Joe fan you'll be more than happy with his new album and if your listening for the first time (after living under a rock) I hope you'll be a fan from now on. "Ain't Nothin' Like Me" is a must have!!

kitchenstud ,

A bit of a different sound, but it works well for him.

Well, much like Donell Jones and Brian Mcknight, Joe has brought in some hip hop producers for his latest album. Like the other artists, it results in a bit of a different style than what one may be used to from the artists preceeding work, but it works.

The songs are more upbeat than what Joe has been about it in the past, but he still sticks to his guns lyrically, staying within the realm of sensual romance. Vocally, Joe is like a fine wine, so to speak, as he's continually gotten smoother, with more range, and a stronger voice allowing him to really belt it out better than he did in his earlier years. Its a bit off topic, but I'd love to hear him re-record some earlier hits like "What your man won't do" or "So Beautiful"(one of the greatest songs in the history of r&b music), with his improved voice.

Honestly, I think this album would appeal to a lot of people that are more into hip hop, and were always a little on the fence about r&b. Because of that, some of Joe's longtime fans may feel a slight bit betrayed by the difference in style. I'll say it again, its a stylistic deviation, but I wouldn't dare call it a step back. For me, the highlights of the album would be the opening track, "Get to know me," track #5 "My love," and track #13 "You should know me." The latter has a very retro sound that sorta reminds me of R. Kelly's early work, and maybe a bit reminiscent of Montell Jordan's finer stuff.

While the album is riddled with good songs, I was a bit irritated that they sampled a bit of Boyz II Men's "I do" on the opening of "Love is just a game," but it doesn't ruin the album, and that song was more or less forgettable.

All in all, its another good album from Joe that you can't go wrong with. If you're a fan of good r&b music, you should have this album in your collection. Enjoy.

The Man Who Knows All Music That is Good ,

Smooth, just hit play and listen.

Joe knows how to not overdo things, and finds producers that understand and are masters of the basics. This album makes me feel like there is still hope in R&B music. Nothing better than cruising to dinner with a beautiful lady and have this playing in the Aston Martin. Keep up the good, fresh music.

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