What's a Man to Do?

Lead Performer: Frankie J

Newcomer Frankie J is clearly gunning for superslick R&B balladry as his ticket to success. Case in point: First single ”Don’t Wanna Try” is a melodramatic reincarnation of an ’80s Quiet Storm gem – destined to be the summer breakup song with the middle-school set. However, it’s the lone triumph on an otherwise dull debut. He spoils his chances of being a contender by approximating the faux sincerity of O-Town, mimicking the syncopated cadences of Destiny’s Child circa 1999, and making Ashanti look like a poet laureate.

Originally posted June 6 2003 — 12:00 AM EDT

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