Darwin Hobbs continues to build momentum on his third release, with strong self-realization and artistic maturity that only comes with time.

Darwin Hobbs continues to build momentum on his third release, with strong self-realization and artistic maturity that only comes with time. Already possessing one of the nimblest, most versatile voices in contemporary music, Hobbs hits one perfect note after another. Fairly evenly divided between shimmering, Sunday-morning gospel balladry and steady, percolating R&B workouts, the 10-song collection could easily be subtitled "rhythm & praise." "Break Me/Draw Me" is a plaintive heart-cry, while "Nobody Like Jesus" is a seamless melding of gospel, pop, and R&B. "We Worship You Today" rides atop gorgeous grand piano and strings, and "Praise Him" is a jubilant dose of hip-hop exaltation to the Almighty. All point to an artist on the verge of wide-scale recognition.—GE