Soulstar

Musiq sticks to his tried-and-true formula of catchy, narrative lyrics and sweet soul melodies on his third set for Def Soul.

Musiq sticks to his tried-and-true formula of catchy, narrative lyrics and sweet soul melodies on his third set for Def Soul. Lead single "forthenight" is a midtempo gem. Produced by Musiq's production team CarMui, the track features an infectious, bass-heavy groove that will have couples getting together on the dancefloor. The title track and "givemorelove" also showcase Musiq's true soul. The former, featuring Carol Riddick, is all smooth groove, and the latter sounds like the singer's homage to Maze. "Soulstar" does have its misses. The concept for "womanopoly"—using a Monopoly metaphor to tell the story of one woman's struggle—is creative, but the overall effect falls flat. Similarly, his cover of the Rolling Stones' "Miss You" doesn't have the same bad-ass swagger as the original. However, Musiq redeems himself with his touching ballads. "Whoknows" is a big, lush ballad reminiscent of previous hits like "love" and "dontchange." Despite a few missteps, "Soulstar" is a fine addition to the soul singer's catalog.—RH