Following the success of his multi-platinum My Name Is Joe, the singer/songwriter takes a new turn on his fourth set.
Following the success of his multi-platinum My Name Is Joe, the singer/songwriter takes a new turn on his fourth set. Known for his R&B everyman ballads, Joe takes a message-oriented stance on Better Days. Sprinkled with such inspirational tunes as "Ghetto Child" (featuring Shaggy), and the title track, the collection showcases the singer's sociopolitical side. The Neptunes-produced "Isn't This the World" is a moving track that will surely have listeners looking at society and that man in the mirror. But Joe also (effortlessly) delivers the romance on Better Days. Lead single "Let's Stay Home Tonight" has a funky, midtempo vibe perfect for a late-night rendezvous. Similarly, "What if a Woman" and "Lover's Prayer" are equally strong, sensual ballads. A balance of positivity and soul, Better Days is the deft work of a true career artist —one who knows what it means to grow and evolve.—RH