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Unconditional Love by Ruben Studdard
Released: Feb 2014
Label: Verve
This is a palate cleanser for someone who has struggled to establish his identity after winning American Idol's 2003 season, and he finds comfort in cover songs of the sort that brought him attention over a decade ago. Studdard's effortlessly smooth voice works wonders with cuts like Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me" and Donny Hathaway's "Love, Love, Love"; but he struggles with the ones that require a forceful presence, like Teddy Pendergrass' "Close the Door." It makes for a decent quiet storm set, but his dilemma over what he wants to do with his career remains unresolved.
Mosi Reeves
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