Picks and Pans Review: Lionel Richie

updated 06/01/2009 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 06/01/2009 01:00AM

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Despite his songwriting credentials, Lionel Richie only penned one tune on his new album. Instead, he leaves much of the writing and production to contemporary hitmakers like Akon, The-Dream and Stargate, who put a fresh but familiar spin on Richie's sound. Still, the old guy falls into a bit of a midtempo rut.

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