Shin J

My Soul, My Life

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With J-Shin, the ranks of artists trying to put the soul back into the R&B field grew by one. Not only does he have the immaculate voice and innate sense of rhythm to stand next to D'Angelo and Maxwell, he also writes lyrics that put the lie to more superficial forms of romance often found on hardcore rappers' LPs. From "Givin' U Luv" to "Sex Is Not" to the best track here, "One Night Stand" (with special guest LaTosha Scott from Xscape), J-Shin shows that love consists of relationships that are both mental and emotional as well as physical, and he does so with a sultry swing that makes My Soul, My Life one of the better R&B debuts of the past decade.

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