This album serves notice that Jones merits inclusion in today’s temple of powerhouse soul tenors, joining the likes of Jeffrey Osborne, James Ingram. Howard Hewett, Aaron Hall of Guy and Stevie Wonder.
During the slow, smoky groove of “Call Me,” Jones’s voice is so strong, supple and insistent that it seems as if he might reach out of the speakers and pull you back through just for a face-to-face serenade.
On the album’s highlight track—the insinuating ballad “I’ve Been Searchin’ (Nobody like You).” which the singer wrote with producer Bernard Belle (brother of singer Regina Belle)—Jones’s wife, Genobia Jeter-Jones, offers some sweet background harmonies. On songs like this, when Jones mixes passionate improvisations with repeated melodic phrases, his gospel background is most evident. (A native of Jacksonville, Fla., Jones, 31, signed a recording contract at 16 with gospel legend Rev. James Cleveland. By then the precocious youngster had already recorded two gospel albums with a group called the Modulations.)
There’s only one overtly spiritual entry on Here I Go Again, the dizzying song “Say Yeah,” which presents the gospel according to New Jack. More interesting are the Olympic-caliber vocal gymnastics Jones displays on the lavish love song “In You” and on the more up-tempo title track.
The material on this recording isn’t consistently enticing. But Jones’s voice is so vibrant and impressive that when he’s singing, it’s hard to concentrate on the notes in the background, or on anything else for that matter. Jones is that rare kind of singer who can make the whole world disappear. (Atlantic)