The similarities between Bilal's much-anticipated 1st Born Second debut and D'Angelo's Voodoo disc couldn't be more obvious. The Philly soul crooner shares D'Angelo's SoulQuarian production crew on several tracks and the same guests -- the Roots, Mos Def, Common and JayDee -- as well as a loose, rootsy approach to old-school R&B. 1st Born Second is not Voodoo 2, though. Unlike most of the current soul revivalists, Bilal can actually sing and write songs, skirting the tired R&B clichés while also pushing the music in new directions by getting Dr. Dre to add his trademark slink to a couple tracks. It's not the second coming of soul music, but it's close.