The Declaration (2008) 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… 2008-06-03 Ashanti R&B
Music Review

The Declaration (2008)

EW's GRADE
C+

Details Release Date: Jun 03, 2008; Lead Performance: Ashanti; Genre: R&B

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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Originally posted Jun 13, 2008 Published in issue #998 Jun 20, 2008 Order article reprints