Picks and Pans Review: Can You Stop the Rain
While the soul-singing Bryson hasn't been a big hitmaker, he has consistently offered listening pleasure, even when he parks his talent too close to glibness. March him up the aisle with the right material, however—as this record does—and the result can be a taste of R&B heaven.
Give Bryson midtempo ballads like "Lost in the Night," and he'll spin out a vocal smooth as Italian silk. "I Can't Imagine," a duet with Regina Belle, is smashing too.
There's always a nicely tempered dynamic to Bryson's voice, due in part to his intuitive phrasing and his gift for emotional shading. On certain songs, such as "Closer than Close," there is a gospel feel to his delivery.
In terms of composition, there's nothing unforgettable on this issue. But it's all as sweet, creamy and hard to put down as a box of fudge. (Columbia)
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