Picks and Pans Review: Private Room

updated 01/26/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/26/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

R&B

Avant

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There is a moment at the end of "You Got Me," one of the bedroom ballads that dominate Avant's latest, when the singer goes into an ad-lib lifted straight from Luther Vandross's classic version of "Superstar." Elsewhere, on a remix of the slow-jam single "Read Your Mind," Avant borrows heavily from Teddy Pendergrass's 1979 hit "Come Go with Me," while he riffs off Marvin Gaye's "Sexual Healing" on the mid-tempo bouncer "Heaven." But like many of today's R&B Romeos, Avant lacks the signature stylings of Vandross, Pendergrass or Gaye. Most of this decent but derivative disc could have come from Joe, Ginuwine, Jaheim or any of a number of one-named soul men.

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