From the Hut, to the Projects, to the Mansion
Adopting the hip-hop persona of Toussaint St. Jean, the former Fugee attempts to reclaim some street cred. So why collaborate with Cyndi Lauper?
There’s nothing here as memorable as their big hit “Apologize” or hits leader Ryan Tedder has made for stars like Beyoncé. Still, it’s a solid set of atmospheric pop-rock.
BOYZ II MEN
After taking on Motown gems, the old-school R&B crooners get eclectic on another disc of harmony-rich remakes. Best is their a cappella rendition of “Time After Time.”
The first Mr. Julia Roberts covers Texas tunesmiths like Townes Van Zandt (“Loretta”) and delivers originals like the quietly forceful title song in fine style.