Leah Greenblatt
June 13, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Declaration

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Ashanti

We gave it a C+

Great vocal ability isn’t strictly required in today’s R&B market — just ask Chris Brown, Ciara, and a host of other hitmakers. But it does beg for personal dynamism, a trait that the feathery-voiced, perfectly pleasant singer-actress Ashanti has never managed to project, despite a string of successful singles in the early ’00s. The Declaration simply doesn’t make much of a statement, and its high point — the prettily emotive ballad ”The Way That I Love You” — isn’t enough to unseat the Beyoncés and Mary J.’s of the world. C+
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