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Joe Double Back: The Evolution of R&B Album Review

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I normally don’t like R&B albums because it’s usually cut and dry love songs. But that was the past and now mainstream R&B is about one-night stands, ménage a trois, and having a good time, everything present in hip-hop. With Joe’s Double Back: The Evolution of R&B, he takes R&B back to its soulful, passionate roots. Compared to The Dream’s album last month, Doubleback is a much better listening experience overall, and with better vocals.

 

Joe has been singing for about twenty years now with ten albums under his belt. I wanted to dismiss Double Back because I thought it was going to be a cookie-cutter old school type R&B album about love and affection but I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The first track on the 12 track CD, Something For You, has a jazz influenced beat infused with bits of hip-hop.  It’s uplifting and joyful and showcases one aspect of the album. The theme of the album is different styles of R&B and the opening track is a club song.

 

A motif of the album is love; falling in love, looking for love, finding love, making love, etc. What sounds like it could be a corny album about the same thing, he manages to make each song sound different.  The first single from the album, I’d Rather Have A Love, is about how he can’t live without the love an affection of a woman and it’s catchy as hell.

 

The standard album features two guest appearances from Fantasia and Too $hort. Fanstasia sings with Joe on Love and Sex, a sexy, “lower-the-lights” song with smooth vocals and an even smoother beat by Derek Allen. Too $hort raps on 1 to 1 Ratio, a poppy dance hit.

 

I really enjoyed listening to this album and was a pleasant surprise since I was dismissing the album as it began to play. If you love R&B or Joe, then get the album, you might have a great time. It’s a short album but it’s worth the buy and listening.

Jonathan Silva is a graduate and current student at Full Sail University going for his Master's Degree in Journalism. When he isn't writing for film blogs like Get The Big Picture or listening to music, he's either watching movies or playing video games. His love for all things entertainment shine through in his writing.