December 30, 2002 12:00 PM

With no new releases by D’Angelo or Maxwell, Musiq, dropping his professional surname Soulchild, steps up as the one-named neo-soul man of the year. Building on the promise of his 2000 debut Aijuswanaseing, he evokes memories of the golden age of R & B with musical nods to such greats as Sly Stone and Marvin Gaye. (Def Soul)

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