Avant

The Letter

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Avant switches labels once more for his sixth album, this time from Capitol to Verve Forecast. It contains three eyebrow raisers: "Body Police," in which lines like "I gotta take you in the 69th precinct" are the norm; the lyrically belligerent, borderline dance-pop tune "That Dude," and the jagged, aggressive "Had Enough." To put it lightly, none of these songs deserve placement in a best-of-Avant playlist. Otherwise, The Letter offers another ballad-heavy round of smooth, sophisticated, and occasionally raunchy R&B songs -- most of which are collaborations with the Pentagon -- for the thirty and up crowd. It's not one of the singer's best albums, but those who can wade through the miscues will have an EP's worth of solid Avant.

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