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The R&B crooner releases his ninth album with tracks that are good and sexy, and not so much “Bad”

It’s hard to believe it’s been over ten years when the crooner broke out with his hit “I Wanna Know”. Joe has come a long way, recording great hits from “Don’t Wanna Be a Player” to “If I Was Your Man”. Every time he’s released an album, he has consistently sang enough hits to make a “greatest” album. As time passes, and the R&B world changes its direction toward uptempo dance beats, Joe had trouble keeping his identity at his old label, “Jive”. So he broke off and started his own label.

His latest album, “The Good, The Bad, and The Sexy” is his third album off his independent label, Kedar Entertainment. This morning, he described the album as a concept album that explores every stage of a relationship.

The Good Tracks

I like that Joe opened up this album with a little tempo. I love how he shines on ballads and mids, but he sometimes has to remind us that there is no tempo he can handle if the song is right. ‘Losing’ is hot.

The Bad Tracks

There are some tracks, that lacked any creativity or pushed any boundaries. While “Circles” was catchy the first time listening to it, the song became tiring and the production was lackluster.

The Sexy Tracks

Finally Joe’s best track on the album is by far “Dear Joe”. This track adds a lot of flair to the album. I can say the same things for “Impossible” and “Almost There”. Joe switches it up, as he goes from freak on ‘Pull My Hair’ to romantic on ‘Slow Kisses’. Honestly Guys, if you can’t win your girlfriend over, by playing these tracks on your date, you need to step your game up!

To Sum It Up

If you’ve liked Joe since day 1, or are longing for the 90’s R&B sound, then this album is for you. This album is made for the Joe fans that don’t want him to change his style. For “Good, Bad, and Sexy”, Joe kept his same style for his fans who find there’s nothing wrong with it. He had no intention of pushing boundaries or being creative, so if you are just discovering Joe, go back to his first albums and work your way up. There’s nothing super special about this album.

3 out of 5 stars

To hear Joe’s interview and studio performance this morning, go to thebuzzcincy.com.

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