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Album Review

It's doubtful that R&B will ever have another era as creatively rich as the '60s or '70s. There's too much working against it — at least in the United States. Between the rigid, extremely tight formats of urban radio and the fact that major labels are so quick to drop artists before they have a chance to develop, modern R&B is bound to have an abundance of artists who go out of their way to be as generic as possible. That said, the situation is far from hopeless — if it were, major talents like Alicia Keys, India.Arie, Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, and Rahsaan Patterson wouldn't have broken through. Like those singers, Calvin Richardson has a neo-soul perspective that owes something to classic soul as well as urban contemporary and hip-hop. 2:35 PM, Richardson's second solo album, isn't in a class with Patterson or D'Angelo's best releases; actually, it's mildly uneven and inconsistent. However, the CD's best tracks demonstrate that Richardson is capable of excellence when he puts his mind to it. The romantic slow jams on 2:35 PM fall into two main categories: radio-oriented tunes that have a strong Jodeci/K-Ci & JoJo influence (with some R. Kelly-ish moves here and there), and material that is more old-school in its approach. The album gets off to an impressive start with "Keep on Pushin'," which recalls classic soulsters like Sam Cooke and Bobby Womack — and Richardson is equally convincing on "Falling Out," "I Wansumo," and "More Than a Woman" (not to be confused with the Bee Gees/Tavares hit of the late '70s). Unfortunately, 2:35 PM also has its share of material that is competent without being terribly memorable, but when Richardson does hit the mark, it is obvious that the R&B world should continue to keep an eye on the North Carolina native.

Customer Reviews

Straight Soul

I believe Calvin Richardson is an artist that people have slept on. He has a very soulful voice that accompanies great songs. Their is a wide range of songs on this album so for any situation in a relationship you can find a song to match. If you see this album it is worth the buy. It's an album you can just sit back and listen.

A New Classic

This is one I won't put away. This artist is an undiscovered jewel that deserves to shine.

Great singer and expressive songs

I think that this Guy is one of the best singers out. I have both of his albums and it is full of R&B and soul. This music takes me back to my roots in Georgia. Soulful music, good lyrics, and great sound what else could you ask for. Better than Jodeci and DeAngelo in my opinion.


Genre: R&B/Soul

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

North Carolina native Calvin Richardson is a gritty, gospel-minded urban contemporary/neo-soul vocalist and songwriter whose influences have ranged from Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack, Donny Hathaway, and Marvin Gaye to Jodeci, K-Ci & JoJo, and R. Kelly. Like other neo-soulsters who emerged in the '90s and 2000s, Richardson looks to different R&B eras for inspiration. The classic soul of the '60s and '70s has had an impact on his singing and writing, but so have the urban contemporary and hip-hop of the...
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