Simon Vozick-Levinson
March 02, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

In My Songs

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Gerald Levert
Producers
Atlantic

We gave it a B+

In My Songs would have been a solid addition to the soulful teddy bear’s 15-year solo catalog even if he hadn’t passed away at age 40 after recording it last year. His satin-smooth voice shines on the slow jams that dominate the 12-song set, as well as on a few well-executed nods to more up-tempo club vibes (”Fall Back,” ”What Cha Think About That”); many of his lyrics are about seduction, but they never cross the line into sleaze. It’s hard to imagine a more fitting memorial to Levert’s too-short life.

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