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For those schooled in contemporary R&B, here's a new subject to study. Newcomer Dwele already has a national hit under his belt.

For those schooled in contemporary R&B, here's a new subject to study. Newcomer Dwele already has a national hit under his belt. His guest stint last year on Slum Village's "Tainted" climbed to No. 31 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. Now, the Detroit native comes into his own on this solo debut. Dwele's easygoing, talk-sing groove subtly powers the album's momentum, especially on such tracks as the sparkling midtempo single "Find a Way." While his voice may not fall under the category of a Marvin Gaye or Luther Vandross, Dwele makes his mark through distinctive phrasing and timing. The way his interpretive tenor weaves in, around, and under the soulful melodies stays with you long after the last note has sounded. So do the lyrically rich songs, especially the standard-in-the-making ballad "Kick Out of You." Here's to hoping Dwele's Subject becomes a core course.—GM