Second Chance The past decade has not been easy for El (né Eldra) DeBarge, the former Motown family-band star whose recurring drug troubles finally led him to… Second Chance The past decade has not been easy for El (né Eldra) DeBarge, the former Motown family-band star whose recurring drug troubles finally led him to… 2010-11-30 El DeBarge R&B
Music Review

Second Chance (2010)

HEART FULL OF LOVE El DeBarge
HEART FULL OF LOVE El DeBarge
EW's GRADE
B+

Details Release Date: Nov 30, 2010; Lead Performance: El DeBarge; Genre: R&B

The past decade has not been easy for El (né Eldra) DeBarge, the former Motown family-band star whose recurring drug troubles finally led him to prison in 2008. Now a renewed-looking 49, the singer addresses that turmoil on the frankly confessional Second Chance, his first album since 1994 — but because his ethereal vocals still shimmer so effortlessly, plush adult-soul jams like ''How Can You Love Me'' and ''When I See You'' (the latter co-written by Babyface) end up sounding surprisingly serene. It’s the year’s most elegant tell-all. B+

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Originally posted Nov 24, 2010 Published in issue #1131 Dec 03, 2010 Order article reprints
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