Picks and Pans Review: Nelly

updated 10/06/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 10/06/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

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Nelly's latest boasts a who's who of rap and R&B, from Snoop Dogg and Chuck D to Usher and Ciara. But while all the star power helps make for a strong start, the CD fades in the second half. On the slow jam "One and Only," the sole track not featuring a guest, he even attempts to sing. Why?

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