R&B crooner Gerald Levert has always been able to push female fans' buttons.

R&B crooner Gerald Levert has always been able to push female fans' buttons. His newest album—with its double-entendre title—will no doubt do the same. Levert set up shop for The G Spot in Philadelphia, where dad Eddie and the O'Jays made R&B/pop history. It's definitely a revitalized Levert who steps up to the plate on current radio track "Funny," "Wilding Me Out," and "Oh What a Night" with vibes virtuoso Roy Ayers. À la Angie Stone, Levert also visits the R&B sampling well, creatively interpolating Gamble & Huff's O'Jays ditty "Family Reunion," Ashford & Simpson's "Your Precious Love," and Rufus' "Hollywood" (which India.Arie uses on her "Little Things"). One misstep: party jam opener "Too Much Room" with Mystikal. While the album doesn't deviate radically from Levert's tried-and-true formula of midtempo tunes and baby-making ballads, he does skirt the issue of similar-sounding tracks that some critics said hampered last year's Gerald's World. Bottom line, though: It's always good to hear Levert's sexy, soothing vocals.—GM

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