Ecstasy

This follow-up to the Cleveland native's 2000 debut, My Thoughts—which featured R&B/pop hits "Separated" and "My First Love"—finds the singer/songwriter joining creative forces again

This follow-up to the Cleveland native's 2000 debut, My Thoughts—which featured R&B/pop hits "Separated" and "My First Love"—finds the singer/songwriter joining creative forces again with producer/multi-instrumentalist Steve Huff. It also sees him taking the relationship themes he explored on his first outing to the next level, delving deeper into the sexual/ sensuous side of things. Unfortunately, Ecstasy is a bumpy ride at times. Mid-tempo first single, "Makin' Good Love," features lyrics that don't leave much to the imagination—which isn't always a good thing. And uptempos like the derivative "What Do You Want" don't put Avant's tender tenor to its best use either. It's on such message-filled ballads as "Thinkin' About You," "Sorry," and "One Way Street" (which features the Gap Band's Charlie Wilson, on whose recent solo album the song originally appeared) that Avant shines brightest.—GM
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