Charlie Wilson

Bridging the Gap

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Charlie Wilson is the epitome of the 21st century male R&B singer, a jack of all trades (at least within the stylistic tree that comprises modern R&B's sonic options). Wilson is equally comfortable with the percolating, hip-hop-inflected jump of the opening cut "Absolutely," the tender, Stevie Wonder-influenced ministrations of the love ballad "For Your Love," or the unapologetically titled "Big Pimpin'," wherein our mack daddy tells the object of his desire "if you're not planning to stay/let me help you on your way."

Wilson's fluid tenor provides him equal access to all these soul scenarios. The state-of-the-art production keeps things sounding seamless no matter which direction the appropriately named BRIDGING THE GAP takes.

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