May 20, 2008
Rhythm & Blues, Urban, Contemporary R&B, Teen Pop, Soundtracks, Pop

Album Review

Akon's claim that Colby O'Donis is the Kon Live label's "secret weapon" oversells this teen R&B singer with the pin-up face along with his pleasant, puppy-love debut. Besides cool crooner Colby's excessive use of the world "girl" in the boy band style, his voice is limited, or at the very least not challenged as it glides over one slick R&B production after another, all well executed but rarely memorable. Exception to the rule is the lead-off single and opening cut "What You Got," which features label boss Akon as producer and guest vocalist plus an inescapable hook that sounds close to Mario Winans' "I Don't Wanna Know." With Akon handling most of the production and leaving the rest to Colby they're both overstretched, something that wouldn't be as obvious if this 15-track effort ran ten and mercifully chopped, starting with the clumsy "Under My Nose" or the misguided Paul Wall team-up "She Wanna Go." The irony of choosing Lil' Romeo for "they don't want us together" number "Take You Away" was probably missed by this crowd but the tween set won't mind any of this. They'll find Colby's swagger, his slang dropping, and his smooth voice all very exciting and his hair gel perfectly applied. It's hard to ask for more from such fluff so expect the usual, up to and including the T-Pain guest shot.
David Jeffries, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. What You Got
  2. Sophisticated Bad Girl
  3. She Wanna Go
  4. Let You Go
  5. Don't Turn Back
  6. Under My Nose
  7. Take You Away
  8. Natural High
  9. Saved You Money
  10. Thinking Bout Ya
  11. Tell Me This
  12. Game for You
  13. Follow You
  14. The Difference
  15. Hustle Man
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