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The first half of the opening cut, “Gather Round,” reveals that fifth-season American Idol runner-up Elliott Yamin is still obsessed with '70s soul. Yet the rhythms on his third studio album groove with a bounce that has more in common with current retro-soul trends. The title track is a slower jam that simmers on seductive rhythms, vintage jazz piano tones, windchimes, and a horn section mixed to recall AM radio gold. Throughout, Yamin’s confident crooning takes center stage. Over a strolling strut that recalls early Hall & Oates moments, his voice breaks up in the higher registers with a near–Stevie Wonder timbre. Had Bell Biv DeVoe grown up on old Donnie Hathaway and Bobby Starr vinyl, its “Poison” might have sounded a lot more like Yamin’s. If the wah-wah pedal becomes the new cowbell, it will have been Yamin’s fault. There’s plenty of it in the funky “Downtown,” providing a flared denim strut, while “Enough Love” wah-wahs like the Shaft theme song.

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Born: July 28, 1978 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Vocalist Elliott Yamin first gained recognition as the second runner-up on the fifth season of the reality show American Idol. Born in 1978 in Los Angeles to a painter father and former professional singer mother, Yamin eventually moved with his family to Richmond, VA, where he attended middle school and high school. Around the time he turned 14, Yamin's parents divorced, and thus began a period of some personal difficulty for the singer. Already close to 90 percent deaf in his right ear, Yamin was...
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