16 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Along with Joe’s Signature, K’Jon has delivered the second great adult-oriented R&B record of 2009. Rather than cater to the club and the strip joint, I Get Around radiates the elegant ambiance of a ballroom affair, and instead of pursuing some stuffy, retroactive vision of soul music, K’Jon illuminates his album with several flourishes. Whether it is the funky violin riff that circles around “This Time,” or the talkbox whimsy of “What’s Really Good,” the subtle touches keep the album fresh and anchored in the present moment. This is not to ignore the fact that the spirit of Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers permeates “I Get Around,” “Fly Away” and “On the Ocean,” three songs that are as timeless as any R&B released this year. I Get Around comes together on “Fa Sho,” a song that feels at once futuristic and nostalgic, and is equally akin to Marvin Gaye and Gnarls Barkley.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Along with Joe’s Signature, K’Jon has delivered the second great adult-oriented R&B record of 2009. Rather than cater to the club and the strip joint, I Get Around radiates the elegant ambiance of a ballroom affair, and instead of pursuing some stuffy, retroactive vision of soul music, K’Jon illuminates his album with several flourishes. Whether it is the funky violin riff that circles around “This Time,” or the talkbox whimsy of “What’s Really Good,” the subtle touches keep the album fresh and anchored in the present moment. This is not to ignore the fact that the spirit of Teddy Pendergrass, Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers permeates “I Get Around,” “Fly Away” and “On the Ocean,” three songs that are as timeless as any R&B released this year. I Get Around comes together on “Fa Sho,” a song that feels at once futuristic and nostalgic, and is equally akin to Marvin Gaye and Gnarls Barkley.

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About K'Jon

Detroit-based singer and songwriter K'Jon was first exposed on the airwaves of his city in 2001 with "My Shorty," a single spun prominently by a couple local R&B stations. The modest hometown success led to a spot on the soundtrack for the 2003 movie 2 Fast 2 Furious, with the laid-back and Latin-flavored "Miami." K'Jon collaborated with several artists on Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace label, including Shareefa, for whom he co-wrote three tracks that appeared on the 2006 album Point of No Return. At the same time, he was continuing to build his reputation as a solo artist. "Yes Sir" repeated his Detroit radio success and preceded his debut album, the independently released This Is Me, issued around the same time as Shareefa's set. The Ballroom Xplosion, another independent disc, followed in 2007, and it featured the single "On the Ocean," his greatest success to date, which led to a major-label deal with Universal Republic. Released nationally in 2009, "On the Ocean" peaked at number 12 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart and appeared on I Get Around. A 2011 Universal Republic single, "Good Morning," failed to break the same chart's Top 70, and a planned album, Oxygen, was delayed multiple times and never reached shelves. K'Jon subsequently signed to Shanachie, where he released Moving On in April 2012. ~ Andy Kellman

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