• Ginuwine – "Back II Da Basics"

    It’s an epic disappointment when the intro, interlude and outro of your comeback album sound better than the full-length tracks squished in between.

    Ginuwine’s latest release doesn’t quite get “Back II Da Basics,” since he doesn’t capture the “Pony” Genuwine of 1996. Still, the slow, lovey-dovey R&B songs like “Betta Half” (for your upcoming Valentine’s Day) are the perfect replacements for those Aaron Hall, Dru Hill and Boyz II Men grooves.

    – MICHAEL KUHLMANN