Michael Endelman
October 31, 2003 AT 05:00 AM EST

Comin' From Where I'm From

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Anthony Hamilton
Producers
Arista

We gave it a B+

Seven long years after releasing his debut, North Carolina crooner Anthony Hamilton returns with an excellent disc of warm, fuzzy R&B that should solidify his standing among the neo-soul crowd. Hamilton sang backup on D’Angelo’s last tour, and his former employer’s influence is all over the album: the lush and languorous arrangements, the calibrated mix of vulnerability and masculinity, and the throaty, understated vocals. Hamilton distinguishes himself, however, with his sly humor (”I put the juice in Jheri curl,” he boasts on ”Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens”) and empathetic lyrics that bypass typical R&B cliches.

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