The Point of It All The onetime barber and backup singer is a late bloomer steeped in the conversational soul of Bill Withers and Bobby Womack. He avoids slavish retro-ism… The Point of It All The onetime barber and backup singer is a late bloomer steeped in the conversational soul of Bill Withers and Bobby Womack. He avoids slavish retro-ism… 2008-12-16 Anthony Hamilton R&B
Music Review

The Point of It All (2008)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Dec 16, 2008; Lead Performance: Anthony Hamilton; Genre: R&B

The onetime barber and backup singer is a late bloomer steeped in the conversational soul of Bill Withers and Bobby Womack. He avoids slavish retro-ism with a smart mix of programmed beats and churchy keyboards, and a voice that bridges seduction and gospel fervor. Though Anthony Hamilton sings about adult relationships with nuance and intensity, there is a drawback: He tends to keep his pleas at a midtempo simmer. The Point of It All's harder-edged ''Fallin' in Love'' and ''Prayin' for You (Superman)'' are the kind of stylistic change-ups he should consider throwing more often. B

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Originally posted Dec 10, 2008 Published in issue #1026 Dec 19, 2008 Order article reprints