Picks and Pans Review: Eric Benét

updated 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 09/22/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Love & Life

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REVIEWED BY IVORY JEFF CLINTON

R&B
With an impassioned tenor that suggests he knows from whence he sings, R&B smoothie Eric Benét deftly explores the titular themes of his latest disc. On "Don't Let Go," the breezy midtempo highlight, Halle Berry's ex offers advice to "people throwing in the towel once they pass the honeymoon phase." Other standout tracks include "You're the Only One," a plush slow jam, and the insatiable "The Hunger," another ballad. Meanwhile, the final number, "One More Tomorrow," celebrates Benét's love for his 16-year-old daughter India.

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