Ginuwine – Ginuwine…the Bachelor

ARTIST: Ginuwine                                 220px-Ginuwine-the_bachelor

TITLE:  Ginuwine…the Bachelor

YEAR RELEASED: 1996

CHART ACTION: #26 US, #14 R&B, #74 UK

SINGLES: Pony (#6 US, #1 R&B, #16 UK), Tell Me Do U Wanna (#55 US, #14 R&B, #16 UK), When Doves Cry (#10 UK), I’ll Do Anything / I’m Sorry (#16 R&B), Only When Ur Lonely (#60 R&B),l Holler (#13 UK)

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No

LINEUP: Ginuwine with Missy Elliott, Timbaland, Robert Reives, Magoo, Missy Elliott, Nikki/Virginia Slim and session players.

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Smooth R&B singer specializes in slow-ish jams, marred a bit by ‘interludes’.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Ginuwine’s debut record is a great example of R&B crooning and slow jams in the 90’s, for the most part. His debut single, “Pony”, has hooks galore and showcases his voice.

The rest of the album has a lot of slow jams that demonstrate his style, and they work for the most part. Even his cover of “When Doves Cry”, of which I was suspicious, works.

What doesn’t are the ‘interludes’, which aren’t separated in the track listings and run everything together, making hearing just an individual track difficult. Alas. Those marred a pretty good R&B debut.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: He was a member of the Swing Mob before going out solo.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: B-:  A notch or two down for the interludes.

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