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Face the Music
     

Face the Music

by Avant
 
The Letter was the weakest and least successful of Avant's first six albums. None of his previous releases missed the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, but it fell short at number 19. In 2012, Avant bounced back by reuniting with Keke Wyatt, with whom he had scored a Top Five hit -- a cover of

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The Letter was the weakest and least successful of Avant's first six albums. None of his previous releases missed the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, but it fell short at number 19. In 2012, Avant bounced back by reuniting with Keke Wyatt, with whom he had scored a Top Five hit -- a cover of René & Angela's quiet storm masterpiece "My First Love" -- 12 years prior. The classy duet "You & I" peaked at 46, but it deserved a much higher position and makes for an attractive centerpiece on Face the Music. It's another set of sophisticated, adult-oriented R&B that occasionally veers into boilerplate belligerence ("If you go home with me, I'm-a hit it," for instance) without quite reaching "Break Ya Back" territory. Avant either wrote or co-wrote all of the songs and co-produced the majority of them with either Dre Hen or Kajun. Altogether, it's a pleasing, natural continuation, full of slow grooves that tend to be convincingly romantic. There are a couple changes of pace. On "Nobody's Business," Avant morphs into a soul shouter over a brassy neo-Motown stomp. "NO," near the album's end, is more of a pop power ballad than anything drawn from the legacies of Avant's longtime inspirations.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/05/2013
Label:
Mo-B Entertainment
UPC:
0852949004027
catalogNumber:
900402
Rank:
15162

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