Picks and Pans Review: Return of Dragon

updated 06/25/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/25/2001 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Sisqó (Dragon/Def Soul)

How do you follow up last year's chart-topping ode to women's undies? On his second solo disc, Sisqó tries to prove he wasn't just a flash in the panties with the single "Off the Corner." Its Old West-tinged intro borders on the ridiculous, as a raspy-voiced naysayer asks, "You think you'll get away with the same thing again?" To which the Sisqó kid responds, "Yep." Alas, sometimes Dragons can only produce hot air, and this track can't quite muster that "Thong Song" magic. But even without a gimmicky novelty hit, Sisqó is still kicking, as he artfully fuses an R&B style with up-tempo rap rhythms. His balladry works well with the sinuous melody of "Without You." And there is enough salacious fluff on dance pop tracks like "Last Night" to keep the MTV masses happy.

Bottom Line: The Dragon still has some fire

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