JUST ME is Keith Sweat’s first studio album since 2002’s REBIRTH, but longtime fans needn’t fear that Sweat has undergone any major changes. From the sad but silky smooth opener, “Somebody,” featuring Chris “F.L.O.” Conner, to Sweat’s pleading croon on “Teach Me,” the album’s closer, JUST ME is classic Sweat. Uptempo dance tracks would be a distraction, so Sweat sticks to what he does best: contemporary quiet storm that acts as the perfect soundtrack to candlelight and silk sheets. Guest appearances by Keyshia Cole and Athena Cage sweeten the pot, but it’s Sweat’s passionate vocals (not to mention the disc’s slick production) that steal the show.
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Review by Anthony Tognazzini