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Joe: The Good, the Bad, the Sexy

This album is chock-full of the slow jams and soulful ballads that propelled this R&B crooner to fame during the 1990s.

The Good, the Bad, the Sexy
Kedar Entertainment
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If you're looking for upbeat club anthems, electronic sounds or trendy guest features, look elsewhere: R&B crooner Joe's ninth album, The Good, the Bad, the Sexy, is chock-full of the slow jams and soulful ballads that propelled him to fame during his 1990s glory days.

Although Joe is an artist whose musical consistency proved successful in the past, this tried-and-tested approach lets the album down at times. Tracks such as Circles and Dear Joe are mediocre at best and fail to impress. The album's slow pace and the substandard production on some tracks could easily bore the more casual listener.

But what the album lacks in musical variety and production polish, it makes up for with Joe's unmatched raw vocal talent and irresistible signature sound. Joe's grounded approach to R&B works in his favour on standout tracks such as Tonight, Impossible and Almost There, proving he still has what it takes.

Although not Joe's best effort, The Good, the Bad, the Sexy is one of this year's better R&B albums. While it probably won't gain him any new listeners, it certainly won't disappoint the loyal fan base who appreciate his dedication to keeping true, modern R&B alive.

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