Sean Levert

The Other Side

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The Other Side Review

by Andrew Hamilton

A satisfying debut from Sean, the least known Levert. He sings in a pleasant, laid-back tenor/baritone. Only ten selections, but not a sister of the poor in the bunch. The O'Jays sounding "Same One" features' Sean, his brother Gerald, and father, Eddie, on a powerful ballad. "I'm Ready" is an enticing mid-tempo number embellished by excellent backing vocals and a def synthesizer. "Just Can't Get Enough" contains elements of "Munchies for Your Love," by Bootsy's Rubber Band. As a single release, "Put Your Body Where Your Mouth Is," received some plays and experienced some chart action, but failed to live up to its lofty expectations, despite Sean singing near the top of his register for emphasis. With its happy beat, "Place to Be" should have received more attention. You'll get enveloped in sounds listening to "I'm in a Freaky Mood," which features mult-track vocals, and echo for days. Likewise for "The Other Side," where voices and vocals appear from seemingly everywhere on a George Clinton-influenced ditty. A loping, shoulder moving beat propels "Just for the Fun of It" at a pace between ballad and mid-tempo, Levert supplies the backing voices on this winner. Top shelf productions by Gerald Levert and Jermaine Dupri makes The Other Side a keeper.

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