Omar - Sing (if you want it)

Come on, how many of you thought Omar had disappeared after his big 1992 single, There's Nothing Like This? For Sing (if you want it), his sixth album (and his first five in years), he's certainly managed to recruit an impressive list of guest stars from the world of R & B; amongst them, Stevie Wonder, Angie Stone and Estelle.

Sing sets the tone. Laidback and classy, Omar's smooth voice complimented by female backing vocals, it harks back to pre N*E*R*D and Timbaland days. There's not a twitchy beat in sight. Occasionally, such as on Kiss It Right and Stylin', things get a little funkier.

Predictably, the Wonder collaboration, Feeling You, proves to be a highlight, although this is as much for the jazz guitar playing as the legend's keyboard and vocal contributions. The other standout - and the biggest surprise - is Gimme Sum with its expletive-including raps. Even still, Sing (if you want it) is a record that will best be appreciated by fans of older style soul.



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