Dwele Greater Than One

Dwele Greater Than One
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Ever the pillar of creative consistency, long-running neo-soul survivor Dwele continues to turn out top-notch, grown-folk soul records that maintain a pronounced sense of maturity without ever sounding particularly dated or regressive. While not quite as fresh as its more recent predecessors, Greater Than One continues that trend, delivering the same smooth, enveloping grooves, commanding melodies and slick sweet-nothing lyricism that have been his foundation from the jump. The singer's conversational wordplay on songs like closer "Frankly My Dear," "Takes22Tango" and "Going Leaving" display an indelible cool that's followed the Detroit representative throughout his career, one that helps bring the relatable situations contained within to life. There are a couple moments of unfortunate cheese, particularly the flipping of questionably popular tequila Patron into a corny club jam called "PATrick RONald," but solid jams like the springy "This Love," along with ripe lovers moods like "Obey" and "What You Gotta Do" more than make up for the few missteps Dwele makes on what is not surprisingly yet another solid album. (RT)