R&B stars Ne-Yo and Akon, Lionel Richie's primary collaborators on Just Go , may be top dogs on their own territory, but they don't have…
Music Review

Just Go

Lionel Richie | Lionel Richie
Lionel Richie

R&B stars Ne-Yo and Akon, Lionel Richie's primary collaborators on Just Go, may be top dogs on their own territory, but they don't have much on the old tricks of the Commodore–turned–1980s solo star. On his ninth studio album, undifferentiated swaths of midtempo digital groove leave one longing for the (relative) analog authenticity of vintage Lionel. And nothing here provokes much dancing on the ceiling, let alone on the rec-room carpet — though the vague drumbeat exotica on ''Nothing Left to Give'' gets the closest. C+

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