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Saturday, 25 June 2011


Following an incredible, inspired performance at the indigo 02 this week, 'AMPs & 808s' 'Artist Of The Week' is R&B superstar Ginuwine. Also with this weeks 'Tape Deck Shuffle' looking at the young and mature sides of G's career lets select an album that bridges the gap between both. The huge album 'The Life' really kept this then braided haired singer going through the seasons of his change. From the epic, rhythmic blues number of 'Why Not Me' to the massive single 'Just Because' there was no reason why this album wouldn't be great. Ginuwine showed shades of his old self with Timbaland on the Ludacris assisted 'That's How I Get Down' and also kept it funky fresh on the now title-dated only '2 Way'. Even the filler of 'Why Did You Go', 'How Deep Is Your Love', 'Open Arms' and 'Superhuman' was anything but, a set of formidable tracks rounding out a hit album. Still it was Ginuwine's move into more mature territory that won everyone over with his beautiful ballads. 'Tribute To A Woman' is a deep dedication and 'Differences' is just a decedent all-round classic. G even gave all those 'Heard It All Before' ladies a run for their money with the brilliant, irreplaceable, break-up track 'There You Go'. Nothing however held more meaning, then the movingly beautiful, brave and honest, 'Two Reasons Why I Cry' tribute to the tragic loss of his parents (rest peacefully). Genuine emotion from this real talent. Overall this album was a complete classic. Before 'The Senior' matured he really lived on this one. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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