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Gabriella Cilmi: Lessons to Be Learned

Despite the album’s relatively short 37-minute running time, you'll find yourself praying Lessons to Be Learned will end quickly.

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india.arie: Testimony Vol. 2: Love & Politics

Testimony Vol. 2 is strictly in the “I love you, you love me, let’s all love each other” vein…and what’s wrong with that?

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Anthony Hamilton: The Point of It All

One good album can be a fluke. Two good albums suggest potential greatness. Three great albums seals the deal.

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Various Artists: Total Soul Classics

Six of the finest albums from the legendary Gamble and Huff production team, remastered and reissued on CD.

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Ice Cube: The Essentials

It’s hard to give a thumbs-up to an album that calls itself The Essentials when there’s so much essential material missing.

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John Legend: Evolver

Evolver is one of the better R&B albums of 2008, and Legend goes a long way towards proving himself as a jack of all trades.

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Ne-Yo: Year of the Gentleman

It’s always good to pick up an album with modest expectations and find yourself pleasantly surprised by the quality of the music.

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New Kids on the Block: The Block

While most of the album is listenable, there is a desperate undercurrent running throughout the album, as though the guys are trying too hard to prove their relevance by being trendy.

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Marvin Gaye: Here, My Dear

Gaye put his frustrations and anger into one of the most painfully intimate song cycles in musical history and then released it to the public, creating a time-delayed classic.

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Raheem Devaughn: Love Behind The Melody

It’s not a bad time to be a male R&B singer.

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Robyn: The Rakamonie EP

This teaser for Robyn’s forthcoming album indicates that good things will be in store when she finally gets her second chance at American success.

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Michael Jackson: Thriller 25

This, folks, is where the mere pop stars get separated from the legends.

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Jaheim: The Makings Of A Man

Although Makings of a Man still finds Jaheim still trying to impress the dudes on the block, there’s a glimmer of hope in a good chunk of the album.

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Wyclef Jean: Carnival II: Memoirs of an Immigrant

Carnival II touches points all over the musical map, while also dropping science and making people dance in equal measure.

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Luther Vandross: Love, Luther

If you have to own just one Luther collection (and it’s my firm belief that everyone should have at least one Luther album), you can’t go wrong with this set.

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Will Downing: After Tonight

Those of you who need a little extra spice for any upcoming romantic interludes would be hard-pressed to find better accompaniment among recent releases.

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Amy Winehouse: Frank

From a musical standpoint, her two albums are quite different, but they’re both excellent works.

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Seal: System

And what is the end result? A fairly typical Seal album, just one that makes you dance a little more!

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Jagged Edge: Baby Makin Project

You’ve gotta think that after making the same record six times in a row, a lot of folks have to have stopped listening.

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Matchbox Twenty: Exile On Mainstream

Why reform Matchbox Twenty if the end result is six incredibly mediocre songs that Rob Thomas could do just as well, if not better, on his own?

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Justin Currie: What Is Love For

Here's one of those albums that you want to listen to when your wounds are still fresh from the latest romantic disappointment or rejection.

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Kevin Michael: Kevin Michael

I'm not sure whether this album's goodness can be attributed to Michael himself, or whether it should be attributed to the small army of songwriters and producers which is utilized here.

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Ann Nesby: This Is Love

A classy and mature, yet spirited soul album, the likes of which rarely get noticed these days.

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Jennifer Lopez: Brave

Throw some danceable beats together, pay for a couple of recognizable samples maybe add a guest rapper or two, and voila! You have an instant J. Lo album!

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