Picks and Pans Review: I Wanna Go There

updated 01/13/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/13/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

Tyrese (J)

After his 1998 debut proved that he was more than just a chiseled model, Tyrese went nowhere with his second album, 2001's 2000 Watts. But the singer-actor quickly gets back on track with this disc, which is about as solid as the buff body he flaunts shirt-lessly on the CD cover. Focusing mostly on sensual slow jams in the vein of his earlier hits "Sweet Lady" and "Lately," Tyrese makes a convincing new-school R&B Romeo. While ballads such as "On Top of Me" and the title tune keep things between the sheets (sometimes in graphic detail), Tyrese also shows his sensitive side on tender love songs such as the first single, "How You Gonna Act Like That." His gospel-charged voice is strong throughout, and he brings a gritty realism to tracks like "All Ghetto Girl," written and produced by fellow soul man Joe. All the album is missing is that one killer cut to really take Tyrese there.

BOTTOM LINE: Go for Tyrese

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