Manchester Attack

Gerald's World

This follow-up to last year's G finds Gerald Levert mining the same love-themed territory he has covered on previous albums.

This follow-up to last year's G finds Gerald Levert mining the same love-themed territory he has covered on previous albums. With the help of such producers as Mike City, Casino Joe, and Warryn Campbell, and guest vocals by brother Sean and Joe Little III, Levert doesn't really break any new ground. And some of the song lyrics—"Baby I'll come through like it's nothin/Ain't no question/Holla at your dog" from "Same Ol' "—seem too hip for the room. But he delivers several gems, including album opener "Soul Mate," keyboard-driven "#1," rhythmic "Can't Win," plaintive "Dream With No Love" (originally on Spike Lee's Bamboozled soundtrack), and ballad "What You Cryin' About," which could be a prequel to dad Eddie's 1978 O'Jays album cut "Cry Together." Like dad, Levert definitely knows how to wring the last drop of emotion out of a song.—GM