Ginuwine

A Man’s Thoughts (Notifi/Asylum)


Rating: NNN


On A Man’s Thoughts, Ginuwine updates his style ever so carefully. Avoiding the markers of modern R&B – flash-in-the-pan producers, arbitrary cameos or Auto-Tune (okay, one hook) – he’s just a man with total control over his voice and an instrumental backdrop that never smothers it.

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Lyrically speaking, Ginuwine is on point and grown-up as ever. See wordplay like “If I only got one shot to win you / then call me Jordan, fourth-quarter in 92,” on Last Chance. Contributions from Brandy, Bun B, Timbaland and Missy Elliott make this album feel like it could have been made 10 years ago – and that’s not a bad thing.

Ginuwine sounds more than comfortable throughout, and succeeds in making fundamental R&B with a good deal of replayability.

Top track: Last Chance.

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