Freddie Jackson

For You

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Freddie Jackson's first album of original songs since 2004’s It’s Your Move, For You reunites the singer with songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Barry Eastmond. The two go back to Jackson’s 1985 debut and hadn’t collaborated on an album since 1995’s Private Party. At times, there is too much of an evidently conscious effort -- both sonically and lyrically -- to make Jackson sound current. The best moments come during the slower, more sensitive songs, when Jackson is not attempting to keep up with the times. Complemental and background vocalists are so prominent that the album, at times, does not sound like a Freddie Jackson release at all. There just might be enough of him here to satisfy longtime fans who have been waiting six years for new material.

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