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updated 01/17/2011 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 01/17/2011 01:00AM

Jamie Foxx

Best Night of My Life |

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REVIEWED BY IVORY JEFF CLINTON

R&B

Having scored his biggest hit with the hip-hop/techno hybrid "Blame It" in 2009, Foxx returns to that formula on much of this solid set. The Oscar winner is an adept party-starter on standouts such as "Living Better Now" and "Freak." Even better are the milder moments including the synth-laced ballads "Gorgeous" and "Fall for Your Type," featuring Drake. His emotive tenor is best on slow jams such as "Rejoice," the Prince-esque highlight. And while the club-hopping, bottle-popping themes of the uptempo tracks grow a bit tiresome, Best Night is a memorable experience overall.

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