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Doubleback: Evolution of R&B

Joe

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Album Review

Joe's tenth proper studio album arrived a month short of the 20-year anniversary of the release of his debut. On a new label but still with Kedar Massenburg, Joe has reached a major milestone that is all the more impressive considering the changes his genre has gone through since 1993 — from the fade of new jack swing to an era when core artists collaborated with European and Scandinavian dance-pop producers for a shot at cracking the R&B-resistant Hot 100. On Doubleback, Joe does work with Norwegian hitmakers Stargate, but it's one of the crew's slicker R&B tracks. Joe and Derek "DOA" Allen (Bobby Brown, Lionel Richie, Karyn White) divvy up most of the production work. The result is a little less salacious than 2009's Signature and 2011's The Good, the Bad, the Sexy, with classier elements that reach a Philly soul-evoking peak on "Love & Sex," a duet with Fantasia. That said, it's still obvious that Joe is a product of the new jack era. There's no mistaking that he's not referring to a writing instrument when he sings of his Bic. Despite nearing 40, he still has a player's mentality: "Sometimes I think I'm a son of King Solomon, but two beautiful girls is a problem." The grown-man macking goes down easier when it's applied to relaxed grooves — as heard on "Something for You," "Easy," "Mary Jane" — that owe much to smooth soul of the late '70s and early '80s. Those three songs help make Doubleback one of Joe's finer 2000s/2010s releases.

Customer Reviews

Reliable Joe

Leave it to Joe to keep it real. 563 - Mr. Reliable brings that sound his true fans come to love from him. He may throw in a few collabs here and there, thats fine, but out of no where he writes a whole album and features no one but himself. That's a true artist catering to his core fans! In this album, he collabs with Too Short and Fantasia. And if you're interested, BestBuy (2 bonus tracks) & Target (1 bonus track) also have exclusives you can probably download separately after purchasing the album from iTunes. I may be bias here though but what do you expect from a lifetime Joe fan? ;-)

PS: If you're new to Joe and like his sound, go on and get his previous albums, you won't be disappointed.

THE G.O.A.T.

most underrated of all time…..my favorite forever…no one will ever be greater…keep putting out the pure and smooth slow jams. I appreciate what you do for true R&B!!!! Fan since the first time I saw you in the summer of 09….didn't think it was possible to sound better live than on a CD until JOE!!

Rather have love

Joe never disappoints his fans!!!! Once again, a smash hit.

Biography

Born: July 5, 1973 in Columbus, GA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Joe is an accomplished vocalist of smooth and sultry R&B productions with occasional hip-hop beats, and his extensive background in gospel music has allowed him to produce his albums as well as sing on them. A native of Georgia, Joe later moved to Opelika, Alabama; since he was the son of two preachers, he spent much time in church singing, playing guitar, and even directing the choir. Influenced early on by gospel stars like the Winans, Commissioned,...
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