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Raydiation Review

by Andy Kellman

Ray J might not try so hard to be hard if it weren't for two things. There's the instant association with his sister Brandy and, more pertinently, the modern R&B prerequisite (with rare exception) that necessitates the macho-and-musclebound image. His third album in eight years, Raydiation, isn't any less derivative than Everything You Want and This Ain't a Game. He's still putting on airs, rarely deviating from copping his moves off R. Kelly -- who writes and produces the tepid "Quit Actin'" -- and Usher. There's really nothing worth singling out. The highlights are merely passable, though "One Wish" managed to put a sizable ding on the charts, despite a nightmarish combination of excessive mewling (that runs throughout the whole thing) and impossibly fluttery studio vocal effects. If Ray J plans on maintaining his every-four-years release schedule, he might as well spend less time soaking up his influences and more time developing some individuality.

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