Konvicted

R&B

Two years after his platinum-selling debut, Trouble, spawned the hit jailhouse lament “Locked Up,” Senegalese-born Akon returns with the equally arresting Konvicted, a mix of nimble, hard-knock tales and racy ballads. Strongest are club cuts such as the chart-topper “Smack That,” featuring Eminem, and “I Wanna Love You.” But his smooth, mournful tone, stirring in the heartfelt ode “Mama Africa,” falters on whiny slow jams like “Never Took the Time.”

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