Doubleback: Evolution of R&B
Label: 563 Music
First Brian McKnight's More Than Words, and now Joe's Doubleback: It seems R&B's bedroom kings are finally making more than thump-in-the-night grooves. Joe's band arranges peppery yet sedate rhythms for "Easy," "I'd Rather Have a Love" and "Magic City," the latter referring to the infamous Atlanta strip club. He keeps it sexy, of course, but he keeps the grown folks' party jumpin', too, so when he slows the tempo down for "Mary Jane," it has visceral impact. Fantasia guests on "Love & Sex" and Too Short turns in a surprisingly restrained verse on "1 to 1 Ratio."