Best-known for his 1997 ballad "For You," Kenny Lattimore breaks out of the ballad box and weighs in with what he describes as "fun, straight-up R&B" on his third album—and first for new la

Best-known for his 1997 ballad "For You," Kenny Lattimore breaks out of the ballad box and weighs in with what he describes as "fun, straight-up R&B" on his third album—and first for new label home Arista. Leading the 11-song set is the bouncy, let's-hang-together first single, "Weekend." Borrowing a loop from Blondie's "Rapture," the track was produced by the Characters, who are responsible for another noteworthy cut, the pop-slick "If Love Is What You Want." There's also the tasty midtempo "Come to Me," helmed by Raphael Saadiq and Battlecat. The multi-octaved Lattimore doesn't ignore his romantic balladeer or gospel roots, as evidenced by "Lately" (co-written by Jill Scott) and the short-but-powerful "Healing" (co-penned by Lattimore and George Duke).—GM