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Volume 72, Issue 139, Friday, April 27, 2007

Volume 72, Issue 139, Friday, April 27, 2007

Life & Arts

New album ‘Musiq' to listeners' ears 

Musiq Soulchild returns to the scene with r&b offering 
that stands out as an early choice for best of the year

by ELI JABBE 
The Daily Cougar 

Musiq Soulchild is an r&b artist who stands out from the dime-a-dozen acts saturating the r&b world. The singer has been absent as of late but has returned with Luvanmusiq, his fourth album and his first on Atlantic Records.

The first single from Luvanmusiq is the up-tempo number "Buddy," which departs from the usual slow songs that have characterized Musiq's singles on his previous albums. The song is catchy, and there have been several remixes of it. Musiq says, "But wait, let me explain it / A buddy is a equal beneficial arrangement."

One thing listeners will notice is the consecutive songs with similar themes: "Teach Me," "Better Man," "The Questions" and "Today." These tracks appear early in the album, and rather than work as separate entities, they are more like chapters that expand on each other. Listeners will be able tell that the words of the song are inspired by real-life situations and should relate to the lyrics. 

"Teach Me" is the second single and follows the slow style of his previous single.

"Better Man" features Musiq talking about how a special person can bring something else out of you that no one else can: "Now I realize that all the love in this world / I wanna give to this girl, because she makes me want to be a better man for her."

"The Questions" is a song that starts off with a piano melody and features Musiq contemplating different topics.

"Today" talks about taking advantage of the present: "My yesterdays are gone and tomorrow's never promised to no one / I finally decided, girl, that my today is you."

At 12 tracks, Musiq's newest album is concise and doesn't feature filler material; its short track listing is reminiscent of vintage r&b albums. The album also entertains with creative storytelling, such as in "Ms. Philadelphia," which features Musiq talking about an encounter with a woman who is from his hometown of Philly. 

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