Picks and Pans Review: Ray J

UPDATED 04/28/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 04/28/2008 at 01:00 AM EDT

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"Don't understand how my first name had changed to 'Brandy's brother,'" sings Ray J on "Don't Wanna Be Right," the intro to his fourth album. This year the 27-year-old singer has gone a long way toward stepping out of his more famous older sister's shadow thanks to the success of "Sexy Can I," a Top 5 hit on both the pop and R&B charts. The slick midtempo come-on, featuring rapper Yung Berg, is the best thing on All I Feel. Still, there are other smooth grooves, such as "Boyfriend," that find Ray J working his player charms. But he doesn't display much lyrical or musical range and fails to really bring anything new to the party (see his T-Pain ripoff "It's Up to You"). And it doesn't help that his voice, while certainly easy on the ears, is nowhere near as distinctive as Brandy's.

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