Love Goes On

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An independent release from the spring of 2004, Love Goes On presents LaMont as a moderately talented but generally uninspired vocalist and songwriter. He has a voice but not technique: like many contemporary R&B singers, his only tools in his ad-libbing toolbox are repeating the last few words of a line or wordlessly ululating atop the lyric. In general, though, his phrasing is competent, seemingly learned from Luther Vandross with a touch of new jack tossed in. LaMont's songs, also somewhat Vandross-inspired, are mostly low- to midtempo lover-man material, little of which makes a lasting impression on the listener. The misses outweigh the hits, with the melismatic mess "Missing You" being by far the most severe misstep. There's also a dreadfully sloppy female rap on "Funny Kind of Love," replete with painfully predictable rhymes; fortunately for her, the rap is uncredited. On the other hand, "You Didn't Come Home" is a spirited effort, and the album-closing dance remix of the title track actually makes more sense than the ballady original, offering an assertive and triumphant affirmation of the power of love. That song notwithstanding, Love Goes On is a wholly unnecessary album, LaMont showing himself to be at best a journeyman singer, songwriter, and producer: the triple crown of mediocrity.

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