Alex Braydon

Alex Braydon

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Alex Braydon's eponymous debut is a promising collection of urban R&B, adult contemporary ballads and dance-pop, all aimed at the teen-pop market. Braydon has an appealing, if limited, voice, but his producers, the Berman Brothers, are clever enough to select material that doesn't challenge his range. Besides, it's the beats or the ballads that are important on this album, and the Bermans provide an immaculate production that is absolute ear candy -- anyone could sing over these backdrops and sound reasonably good. Braydon isn't just anybody, but he could have gone a little bit further to distinguish himself from the legions of urban R&B and teen-pop singers in the late '90s. That said, he does have an entertaining record. It relies a little bit too heavily on covers, and there's a bit too much filler, but the best moments, such as the urban revamping of Spandau Ballet's New Romantic classic "True," are good mainstream dance-pop.

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