Special Occasion This Ludacris protégé oozes suave confidence on his second set of romantic whispers, but Bobby Valentino's self-assured attitude isn't always enough to sell these songs.… Special Occasion This Ludacris protégé oozes suave confidence on his second set of romantic whispers, but Bobby Valentino's self-assured attitude isn't always enough to sell these songs.… 2007-05-08 Bobby Valentino R&B
Music Review

Special Occasion (2007)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: May 08, 2007; Lead Performance: Bobby Valentino; Genre: R&B

This Ludacris protégé oozes suave confidence on his second set of romantic whispers, but Bobby Valentino's self-assured attitude isn't always enough to sell these songs. He gets a boost early on from a pair of effervescent Timbaland co-productions, ''Anonymous'' and ''Rearview (Ridin')''; as soon as the tempos slow, though, Valentino's vocals start losing pep. By the disc's halfway point, he's reached a soporific low. The remaining songs on Special Occasion will provide agreeable mood music for a candlelit dinner in a pinch, if nothing else. B-

Originally posted May 04, 2007 Published in issue #933 May 11, 2007 Order article reprints
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