Thursday, August 25, 2005

"Casanova," Levert (8/22/87)
A little overly ubiquitous - well, in some quarters - but the more you listen, really listen to it, the more you realize that its ubiquity is rather deserved. Gerald's voice, still fairly new to the R&B world, is like butter sizzling in bacon grease, mostly smooth but with a little bit of rasp for flavor. Sure, the production here's a little uninspiring, but give 'em a break - they were a major-label R&B trio in 1987, for pete's sake. The lyrics are better than you have a right to expect, and Gerald's lead is pretty darn great; he's not really capable of doing much else. That's called a gift. So is "Casanova." A-

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