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Anthony Hamilton, The Point Of It All

December 15, 2008
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R&B
Anthony Hamilton The Point Of It All
So So Def / Zomba
ESSENTIAL "Diamond in the Rough"

Anthony Hamilton has proven himself to be one of the logical heirs to Marvin Gaye. His rich vocal prowess, steeped both in sexy R&B and the traditions of the church, is a rarity during a time when soul has been hijacked by computers. Gaye's influence announces itself immediately on this new disc's "The News," a song about troubled days and working things through. The vocalist has always sung about adult responsibility and finding the power to transcend all circumstances. With subtle eroticism, he's dealt with the complexities of love and romance. He follows suit here, with dimension and nuance. His singing throughout is flawless and expressive. In "I Did It for Sho" he looks at love dying and the need to move on; the complex two-part "Prayin' for You/Superman" cuts to the heart of who we are as flawed people. He updates his sound with "Cool," a sleek track about two people chilling as long as they have each other (though an ungainly rap by David Banner nearly ruins it). "Fine Again," an expression of healing, could be an anthem in these tough times. And that is, indeed, the point of it all. (Out tomorrow)

KEN CAPOBIANCO

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