I Apologize

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By the time I Apologize hit the shelves in 2007, Ginuwine had been working the R&B loverman vibe for over ten years. The artist's 2000s albums don't have the cutting edge that his mid-'90s work with Timbaland possessed, but they continue to impress, offering up a silky-smooth brew of contemporary production, pulsing beats, and the artist's knee-weakening croon. The title track, one of the album's highlights, gets things rolling with its moderate, bouncing groove, one of a handful of satisfying, head-nodding tracks. But Ginuwine is at his best on ballads like "Better Days," a song that not only showcases his vocal dexterity, but swells with an inspirational fervor that tips its hat to gospel. Ginuwine's mix of old-school R&B with a hip-hop flavored sensibility has always appealed; I Apologize is another fine example of its charm.

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