Ecstasy

Ecstasy

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by Avant
     
 

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Chances are that if you like Avant, it's because you're a big R. Kelly fan. Picking up where Avant left off on his sleeper hit debut, Ecstasy finds the Cleveland-born, Chicago-groomed crooner continuing to make bump-'n'-grind R&B in the tradition of his Windy City peer. For example, the boudoir ballad "Makin

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Chances are that if you like Avant, it's because you're a big R. Kelly fan. Picking up where Avant left off on his sleeper hit debut, Ecstasy finds the Cleveland-born, Chicago-groomed crooner continuing to make bump-'n'-grind R&B in the tradition of his Windy City peer. For example, the boudoir ballad "Makin' Good Love" sounds like a cross between Kelly's "When a Woman's Fed Up" and "It Seems like You're Ready," and the Cristal-splashed party anthem "What Do You Want" is a carbon copy of Kelly's "Fiesta" remix, right down to the Latin vibe and Jay-Z-like rap solo (Avant even mimics R&B bad boy Bobby Brown on the "I know I did you wrong" ballad "Sorry"). While imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, Avant would benefit from further developing his own signature sound. What he lacks in originality, however, he certainly compensates for by accurately capturing the gospel- and blues-informed soul style that's made Kelly a household name.

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Creatively, Avant's sophomore album, Ecstasy, is a step forward for the Cleveland-based urban contemporary singer. This 2002 release isn't perfect -- some of the tracks are routine and pedestrian. But Ecstasy contains more gems than My Thoughts, Avant's competent, if uneven, debut album of 2000. Some things haven't changed; Ecstasy, like My Thoughts, was produced by Steve "Stone" Huff and Avant still brings a strong R. Kelly influence to the table, which means that listeners are also hearing a strong Ronald Isley influence. (Ronald Isley, lead singer of the Isley Brothers, is among Kelly's primary influences.) Ecstasy is hardly a radical departure from My Thoughts; the main difference between the two albums is that this time Avant usually has stronger material to work with. The Midwesterner really soars on the bluesy "You Ain't Right" and he is equally impressive on the moody "One Way Street" (a duet with the Gap Band's Charlie Wilson). Also quite memorable is "Six in da Morning," which should not be confused with Ice-T's 1986 gangsta rap classic but is a funky, hip-hop-minded jam along the lines of Kelly's "Fiesta." Showing his flexibility, Avant demonstrates that he is as comfortable with hip-hop-friendly funk as he is with romantic ballads and slow jams. Again, Ecstasy (which lists basketball icon Magic Johnson as one of its executive producers) isn't without its share of generic filler, but the CD doesn't have as much of it as My Thoughts -- and for every minus that you can find on this release, there are three or four pluses. If you had to choose between Ecstasy and My Thoughts, this album would be a better investment.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/26/2002
Label:
Mca
UPC:
0008811280925
catalogNumber:
112809
Rank:
54163

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Ecstasy 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Avant¿s Ecstasy album is not only one of the most soulful albums in R&B right now, but it also has some of the most sensual slow jams out there! It is literally hot with steamy lyrics and smooth sounds¿of course, we can¿t forget Avant¿s sexy voice. My favorite track is ¿Makin¿ Good love¿ because it is one of the ultimate slow jams and can really set the mood! Another great track is ¿Don¿t say no, Just say yes¿. I love it because you can¿t resist feelin¿ all the emotion and heart that Avant puts into the song. The song puts you in a whole other world. If you¿re feelin¿ a little romantic, ¿Thinkin¿ About You¿ is the track! It¿s a sweet romance that will melt your heart and get you thinkin¿ about your own love. On the album, Avant switches things up with some hot mid-tempo beats like ¿Call On Me¿ and ¿What Do You Want¿. No matter where you are or what you¿re doing, these songs will get you groovin¿ all night long. They definitely bring out the freak in everyone. Ecstasy is truly one of the steamiest R&B albums I own! It¿s way more than just an album¿. Its about love, passion, and music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album is HOT! Peep it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this cd. The song i really like is Makin Good Love. My friends and me enjoy that song.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy listening to his music. I like both 'my thoughts' and 'ecstasy'. my fav. song is 'making good love' as well as 'jack & jill'and... the truth is that i really like all of avant's songs (separated by avant & destny's child)
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the best cd i ever heard so far so i actually bought some for some girls that really is in love with AVANT