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Eric Benet – Love & Life

2009-02-16 16:53
Love and Life
Four albums down, one platinum album and one Grammy award under his belt, Eric Benet is no novice. On Love & Life the 42-year-old smooth operator rarely steps over the boundary line preferring rather to stay within the confines of his familiar style of mature and self-assured R&B.

"Love Patience & Time", "Don't Let Go" and "Chocolate Legs" are going to sit well with his hordes of female followers. "Everlove", a duet with Terry Dexter, has a hint of R Kelly's "I'm Your Angel" in there and "iminluvwichoo" sounds more like something the Pussycat Dolls should be doing.

While the voiceovers on "Still Believe", the power ballad "Sing to Me" and the over-wrought "One More Tomorrow" are filler for what is a run-of-the-mill album, with lyrics like "deep inside you is where I need to be" and "let me kiss it baby" you know you're in good R&B hands. Only a true R&B artist makes something so coarse sound so soothing all at the same time.

The unpretentious title sums up this straightforward R&B album. Love & Life is your basic black suit. It's not wrong, but it's hardly cutting edge stuff.

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