Picks and Pans Review: I Don't Want You Back

updated 03/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/08/2004 AT 01:00 AM EST

Eamon
R&B

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Eamon's hit "F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)" may go down as one of the most bitter breakup songs in history. Against a deceptively sweet street-corner-soul backdrop, the 20-year-old Staten Island native lets the F-word rip as he curses out his cheating girlfriend. Eamon's coarse language on his debut CD may not be radio-ready, but it brings a gritty realism to these tracks that is rarely heard on nonrap recordings. It helps detract from the fact that Eamon, whose voice at times brings to mind a less polished Justin Timberlake, is only an average singer. Even so, his blend of hip-hop and doo-wop, which Eamon has dubbed "ho-wop," puts a fresh spin on pop-R&B tracks like "I Want You So Bad" and "I Love Them H**s."

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