Bobby Valentino - The Rebirth

Bobby Valentino
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Somebody up there must really like this nearly thirty-year old teen heartthrob. Ever since "Blackberry Molasses" (1996) stole our hearts, this former lead singer of Mista has had more comeback debuts than Evander Holyfield and George Foreman combined. Never consistent with tunes designed for young urban radio, Valentino's team clearly believes lyrical repetition is the key to good songcraft and nasal auto-tuned vocals, iconic singing. Still, there are hits to be had here. Notable songs: "My Girl," "Stay With Me," and "Just Me & You (feat Raphael Saadiq)."

Vocals: 2 stars   Lyrics: 2 stars   Music: 2 stars   Production: 3 stars
SoulTracks Call: "Cough" Mildly Recommended

By L. Michael Gipson

Somebody up there must really like this nearly thirty-year old teen heartthrob. Ever since "Blackberry Molasses" (1996) stole our hearts, this former lead singer of Mista has had more comeback debuts than Evander Holyfield and George Foreman combined. Never consistent with tunes designed for young urban radio, Valentino's team clearly believes lyrical repetition is the key to good songcraft and nasal auto-tuned vocals, iconic singing. Still, there are hits to be had here. Notable songs: "My Girl," "Stay With Me," and "Just Me & You (feat Raphael Saadiq)."

Vocals: 2 stars   Lyrics: 2 stars   Music: 2 stars   Production: 3 stars
SoulTracks Call: "Cough" Mildly Recommended

By L. Michael Gipson

 
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