Kino Watson

Breakfast in Bed [CD/Cassette Single]

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After recording True 2 the Game for Columbia, Kino Watson moved to Atlanta's independent Ichiban Records with Breakfast in Bed, a decent but not remarkable collection of romantic urban contemporary slow jams. The North Carolina native isn't a bad singer at all, and his phrasing makes it clear that he's spent a lot of time listening to R. Kelly, Babyface, and Aaron Hall, as well as Ronald Isley (who is among Kelly's main influences). Nothing uptempo makes its way to this CD, for which Watson did a fair amount of producing and co-writing; rather, the singer keeps things smooth and relaxed on slow-grooving tunes like "Creepin'," "Just a Little Romance," and "Never Meant 2 Make U Cry." The end result is an album of pleasant, though conventional R&B mood music that simmers but never burns.

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