The exact polar opposite of the tongue-in-cheek metal of No More Mr. Nice Guy, but just as gimmicky, Hopeless Romantic is Pat Boone in R&B love-man mode. Starting off with his take on a Barry White-style bedroom rap on the Smokey Robinson-penned "Still Waters Run Deep," Boone blends originals in the style with covers ranging from the Cornelius Brothers & Sister Rose's "Too Late to Turn Back Now" to Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love." It's a far superior effort to the jokey metal album, simply because Boone has always had a good ballad voice and hearing it put to use on appropriate songs, it's easy to understand why the guy has managed to maintain such a long career. The album's primary flaw is that the arrangements feel a bit too modern, in the pre-processed pop ballad mode of a Justin Guarini or Will Young: this album would be both more authentic and more listenable if Boone were in front of, say, Isaac Hayes' Black Moses-era blend of deep soul and kitchen-sink orchestrations. Who wouldn't love to hear that?