Love Is The bear-huggable American Idol champ is in predictably fine voice on his fourth studio set, Love Is , a romance-themed mix of crafty originals and… Love Is The bear-huggable American Idol champ is in predictably fine voice on his fourth studio set, Love Is , a romance-themed mix of crafty originals and… 2009-05-19 Ruben Studdard R&B
Music Review

Love Is (2009)

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Ruben Studdard
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: May 19, 2009; Lead Performance: Ruben Studdard; Genre: R&B

The bear-huggable American Idol champ is in predictably fine voice on his fourth studio set, Love Is, a romance-themed mix of crafty originals and sturdy covers (including ''The Long and Winding Road''). Yet Ruben Studdard also takes some unexpected stylistic chances here, giving Ne-Yo a run for his dance-pop money on the StarGate-produced ''How You Make Me Feel'' and working with country star John Rich on a totally gorgeous rendition of Extreme's ''More Than Words.'' The Ray Charles of Modern Sounds in Country and Western Music would be proud. B+

Download This: Listen to the song More Than Words on the artist’s MySpace page

Originally posted May 13, 2009 Published in issue #1048 May 22, 2009 Order article reprints
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