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When Chocolate Genius debuted three years ago with Black Music, radio didn't know what to make of its intensely personal, bordering-on-bleak emotional landscape. Faced with the wonderfully textured follow-up, Godmusic, radio still won't know what to do with this talented black man's music. Unlike many of his musical brothers and sisters, Genius' songs aren't the latest cookie-cutter confections. Instead of following the beat of others' drums, Chocolate Genius (aka singer/songwriter Marc Anthony Thompson) follows his own rhythm. While Godmusic is decidedly pop, it's also hip-hop, folk, blues, funk, prog-rock, and everything in between. Such tracks as "Love," "Infidel Blues," and "Glorious" are as beautiful as they are bent. Throughout, Genius bares his soul in a manner that very likely brings a knowing smile to the faces of artists like Elvis Costello and Lou Reed.—MP