Ginuwine continues to expand his R&B crooner repertoire. The Washington, D.C.

Ginuwine continues to expand his R&B crooner repertoire. The Washington, D.C., native—whose 1996 debut, The Bachelor, and 1999 follow-up, 100% Ginuwine, were both platinum-plus successes—offers a mix of sensitivity and sensuality on The Life. "There It Is," the album's lead single, is the singer's melodic stand against an ungrateful lover, and the emotional lyrics have apparently struck a chord with many. In this issue, the track continues its ascension up the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart and now sits at No. 25. On the orchestral "2 Way"—produced by the singer and Raphael Saadiq—Ginuwine comments on the burgeoning two-way pager culture, with his tale illustrating the ins and outs of dating in the new millennium. For something tremendously up close and personal, listen to the heartfelt "Two Reasons I Cry," a moving tribute to the artist's parents. For Ginuwine—even with its ups and downs—The Life is good.—RH