Dave Hollister, "The MANuscript" (Shanachie)
Dave Hollister's new album, "The MANuscript," is loaded with smooth R&B songs focusing on his infatuation of women. There are a couple of highlights, but not enough enjoyable gems to make the singer's album a memorable one.
Hollister's soulful voice is as potent as ever in the 10-track offering. He breaks down the perfection of a particular woman, from her curly hair to curvaceous features, on "Creation (H.E.R.)," and shows an utmost appreciation of the female gender on "Definition of a Woman."
On "Let Him," Hollister gives women dealing with a womanizing man two options: leave him or let him cheat in peace. The piano-driven song offers a strong message for listeners, but there are no other songs like it on "MANuscript" that move the needle for Hollister, who began his career as a member of R&B group Blackstreet.
Hollister teams with Angie Stone on "Receipts," but the production on the slow-paced track fails to utilize their talents in the duet. It certainly falls short from Hollister's previous hits, including "One Woman Man" and "Can't Stay."
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