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Album Review

Director was Avant's first number one R&B album — though it has to be noted that his three previous albums went Top Ten — yet the singer's fifth album bears the Capitol logo, the first time he has not fallen under Universal's distribution network. On Avant, he goes both harder and softer. The uptick in salaciousness could be detected in the album's lead single, slow jam "Break Ya Back" — a long way from "Read Your Mind," what with its winking hook of "Baby it's a fact, when we get up in the sack, I'm gonna break your back...in a good way." It can also be heard in album lowlight "Out of Character," where he tells his woman she "needs to go both ways." Those two songs are offset by a faithful and charming cover of the biggest yacht rock song of all time, Christopher Cross' "Sailing." In between those two poles is a typical Avant album, no bad thing. The album, in fact, contains the best opening three-song sequence of his career. On "Sensuality," he doesn't allow thick synthesizer colorings to get in the way of a good song; "Perfect Gentleman" strikes a balance between elegant lift and rhythmic punch; and "Involve Yourself," with its chunky and melodic bassline, could easily switch into a cover of Groove Theory's mid-'90s classic "Tell Me."

Customer Reviews

Underrated ...

Avant has created some classic joints. I hate the fact that his talent and numerous singles weren't caught on by the mainstream audience. Great music, nice soothing vocalist, and fantastic melodies. I hope this isn't the last of him. Please support real music.

The best!!!!!

As soon as I seen this I had to grab it!!

About Time...

Great mixture of his past hits but I wish he made more music thoughout the years... Luv you! Let's continue to make number ones!

Biography

Born: April 26, 1978 in Cleveland, OH

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

Hailed as the "new voice of ghetto soul" and the first act signed to basketball great Magic Johnson's Magic Johnson Music, Cleveland native Avant (born Myron Avant) debuted in 1998 with the song "Separated," released on Payton Entertainment — the label operated by his manager, Eric Payton. The single received airplay on top-rated Chicago radio station WGCI prior to being selected for inclusion on the 1999 MCA compilation Summer Heat. This set the stage for the May 2000 release of Avant's debut...
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