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Ginuwine

  • Ginuwine . . . The Bachelor [550 Music/Epic, 1996] ***
  • 100% Ginuwine [550 Music/Epic, 1999] **
  • The Senior [Epic, 2003] Choice Cuts
  • A Man's Thoughts [Asylum, 2009] C

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Ginuwine . . . The Bachelor [550 Music/Epic, 1996]
mack beats bumped and grounded ("Pony," "Holler") ***

100% Ginuwine [550 Music/Epic, 1999]
Thump, bump, hump ("Final Warning," "No. 1 Fan"). **

The Senior [Epic, 2003]
"Hell Yeah," "Locked Down" Choice Cuts

A Man's Thoughts [Asylum, 2009]
Even for low-talents and over-the-hills, it's not that hard to force out a halfway decent r&b album--you just buy top-drawer beats like Jamie Foxx, or muster some semblance of attitude like Queen Latifah. So what's become of this minor innovator is kinda sad. It's not as if he overdoes the sexism or sounds like a total lame, although his voice does crack slightly on "Even When I'm Mad." But a man whose only quotable thought is "I'd rather watch cable/Than see you with a negligee on" has obviously gotten pretty dull himself. Even when he does spring for a beat from his onetime partner Timbaland, what he gets is strictly off the rack--unlike his pal Missy's cameo, which reminds you that 33 isn't old at all. But that's all he is. She's 38. C