Neil Drumming
October 01, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Just Like You

Current Status
In Season
Keyshia Cole

We gave it a C

As on her gripping 2005 debut, The Way It Is, Keyshia Cole still traffics in heartache. But whereas Way relied on raw hip-hop beats, Just Like You drips with treacly strings and piano. This counterintuitive lushness smothers Cole’s modest wail on cuts like ”Heaven Sent.” The album’s best tracks are its barest: ”Same Thing (Interlude),” a sparse, funky hymn to a romantic rut; and the loping-drumbeat-dominated ”Last Night,” which appears here just as it did on Diddy’s 2006 Press Play. It’s precious few moments like these that leave room for Cole and all that hurt.
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