On his inaugural J album, Tyrese returns to the old-school-rooted R&B he led with in 1998 à la the top 10 hit "Sweet Lady." Evidence of that can be heard on his current chart-climbing lead

On his inaugural J album, Tyrese returns to the old-school-rooted R&B he led with in 1998 à la the top 10 hit "Sweet Lady." Evidence of that can be heard on his current chart-climbing lead track, "How You Gonna Act Like That." Overall a much stronger effort than his last RCA project, 2000 Watts, this new album shines brightly when the former Coke pitchman works out on such ballad/midtempo numbers as the Musiq-sounding "U Don't Give a Damn About Me" and "I Must Be Crazy," while uptempo foray "Girl Can't Help It" pales in comparison. Music aside, female fans will no doubt be drawn to the CD cover, which portrays a bikini-brief- and hat-clad Tyrese in all his chiseled glory.—GM

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