Another Round is a polished and strong offering from New Jersey native, Jaheim. Beginning with “Ain’t Leavin’ Without You,” Jaheim describes a woman he meets in the club and how he isn’t leaving there without her. The production is fit for urban radio with an upbeat feel.
Both “Whoa” and “Til It Happens To You,” a track that radio has started playing regularly, embody a thankful message. Jaheim is in his element here as he expresses gratitude to a woman (“Whoa”) and religious salvation (“Til It Happens To You”). Jaheim returns to his street anthemic bedroom sound on “Bed Is Listening,” similar to “Everytime I Think About Her” from Ghetto Classics and “Put That Woman First” from Still Ghetto.
“Her” is an enchanting and thoroughly produced piece where Jaheim expresses the true meaning of love. “Closer,” is quite possibly Another Round‘s plushest cut. A constructed ballad that tells a romantic story, “Closer,” is another example of Jaheim’s baritone vocals at their finest as he sings the chorus “girl I want you to come a little closer/spread out like you were a poster.”
The title track resumes the club feel of the opener with a faster paced tempo and lyricism crafted around alcohol, while the closer “In My Hands,” is saturated with a Luther Vandross sound, without the pizzazz; but manages to end the album with a bona fide touch that previous efforts did not accomplish.
Another Round is Jaheim’s second recording with Atlantic Records. The album is Jaheim’s most heartfelt among his collection, maintaining the usual Jaheim emotion while offering a more impassioned grip on the lyricism.
Another Round receives a PARL
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