Since his little-heard 1996 debut XTC, Hamilton has sung backup for D'Angelo on 2000's Voodoo tour and supplied guest vocals for 2Pac, Eve and Nappy Roots. But the R&B singer-songwriter, who comes from Charlotte, N.C., finally steps back up front on this, his second disc. With his grits-and-gravy voice, Hamilton serves up savory Southern soul like "Cornbread, Fish & Collard Greens," on which he promises a girl that he will satisfy her sexual appetite. Churchy organs, greasy guitars and Hamilton's country perspective enhance the down-home vibe, which at times brings to mind a young Bill Withers or Al Green (whose "Free at Last" is sampled on "Mama Knew Love"). Hamilton also recalls D'Angelo with his neosoul arrangements on songs such as the slow jam "I Tried." Even so, he's still not quite in D'Angelo's league.