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I love Ginuwine and have been a fan since Pony came out. It is difficult to keep up with his new music in the UK as he is not that big here but this album is truely amazing. The album shows his transformation over the years from a ladies man to a married man. He still sings his love songs giving us ladies a glimmer of hope that we are still in with a chance with him lol. What I love about this album is that for me, I did not need to listen to it over and over again before liking the tracks, the first time I heard the full album I knew I wanted to listen to it again without the need of skipping songs which I disliked. There are 15 tracks to the album, track 1 being the interlude with Ginuwine saying the title of the album ' A Man's Thoughts'. The rest of the album does sound slightly like his previous albums, slick and really soulful. Get Involved, which is track 8 reunited Ginuwine and Timberland and is a great funky dance track which is a great mood lifter. My favourite track on the album is the last track called Show me the Way. Again, the sound of the album is really mellow and chilled out and it is perfect. If you are a Ginuwine fan and want to hear how much he has grown as an artist please listen to this album.
After a four-year gap, the Washington, D.C. R&B singer Ginuwine made a comeback in 2009 with "A Man's Thoughts" as his sixth album. Although he had been absent on his records for a good eight years, you get Timbaland (the man who introduced the world to the artist as he produced the whole of his 1996 debut) gives him a single track, whilst the rest is covered by typical names such as Oak, Blac Elvis and Bryan-Michael Cox.
2. "Show Off"
With assistance from Oak and RL from the Minnesota-based R&B trio Next, this one has him performing one which has him showing how his matured sound has formed the musci that he coems with here as you get one that begins in a Quiet Storm manner, but then suddenly break out into a lively club tune. However I couldn't help but feel that it sounded a bit too clichéd and the sort of watered-down commercial thing you tend to get from an urban dance-based film soundtrack.
Things move on with this one as you get much more impressive production and it allows him to take things in a new direction as with the smooth beats, it gives an opening for a collaboration with another mature name in the music scene, and here you find that UGK's Bun B throws in a few lines to help him out here and boost him before he gets down to things himself and sings in a nice way, but it isn't much to get that excited over.
4. "Last Chance"
With Adonis behind the songwriting here, you know that you are going to get something of a very high standard (as he has worked with the likes of Beyoncé, Enrique Iglesias and Usher since starting with Jennifer Lopez back in 2001) and here you get a song tha you just can't knock for its emotive lyrics or even Ginuwine's performance (as he is always on-point), but you can for its lack of energy and irrelevance in 2009.
6. "One Time For Love"
Off an interlude, you see that Ginuwine gets back to the general flow of things with this one, but it also means that he gets back to the same sort of things that came before it where he has some pretty decent stuff to work with, but not much can really come out of the very pain production and so it means that his talent is lost with the unimpressive set that h has to work with, and it holds him back.
7. "Open The Door"
The experimental production you get in this one forces you to draw comparisons to the kind of things that came in the artist's debut, but by this stage, the sorts of things that you get form this composition has been heard in so many albums from 2008 to here (Summer 2009) and it doesn't have the same impact that it would have when it was fresh and so doesn't really do that much to help him out.
8. "Get Involved"
You finally get Timbaland's appearance with this one and I felt that by this stage I was desperate to here something to show that Ginuwine wasn't losing it with so much material tha was simply oo far from the current scene that he didn't have a chance of saving himself, but Timbo does it here as we get a Housey club tune and he chooses to long the long-time collaborator Missy Elliot to help it out too to take you back to their early years.
It appears that the tune prior to this one enabled the artist to have the music shift to something that suited trends of the time even more and as it is only RL and Oak who are behind it, I can't see why they couldn't have brought soemtihng like this earlier (when people were desperate to find whether he really had that much to offer this time around from the start of the album). It is a big tune and the cluttered production is just what e needs to compliment his style of singing.
10. "Touch Me"
The echo-laden opening a cappela that you get form this one takes you right back to the mid-ninnies and directs you towards the things that Jodeci were doing at this time, and from here you have production that reflects the time perfectly with the sensually smooth set enabling the artist to come out with a tune which simply kills off all others on the album and show that he still has what is needed to come out with killer R&B jams.
11. "Lying To Each Other"
Here you find that the high standard continues through with this one and has him coming up with another one where he takes on some production that gives him the chance to remain current and come up with something that is impressive enough to come up with the goods and advance his music by taking on things that initially led to his rise back in 1996 when he brought "Pony" with Timbo on his side.
12. "Even When I'm Mad"
Unfortunately, the sorts of things that came in the early stages of the album seem to come through with this one and it takes things down to a place where it really isn't likely to impress many at all as it is very general material and has him coming up with what I saw as a rather plain filler recording as he sings a rather typical love song with not all that much going on to show that he can carry the whole album.
13. "Bridge To Love"
You get some jerky and awkward beats guiding him through in this one and it means that initially it is a bit of a struggle to actually connect with, but by the time the chorus comes into effect, and Brandy is seen to join hi, you find that everything falls into place and you are able to establish it as another of the better songs on the album where he comes up with some heavy material to display that he has lots to offer this time around.
14. "Used To Be The One"
In this one you get him experimenting with some of the futuristic things that the likes of The-Dream and Ryan Leslie with this one and I felt that here it meant that it showed that he was down for this kind of things and he was able to adapt to fit in with what is popular here to come up with something well worth a listen. In addition to this in the production, you also have a melody in the hook which takes you back the late nineties with what Dru Hill brought at this time.
15. "Show Me The Way"
The album ends on a bit of a low as you find tha the comes you with a very general tune that doesn't really have that much to offer as he tries out some of the things that brought the best results, but does it in a way that doesn't connect all of the elements in a flowing and comfortable way and so it doesn't really make for that nice a listen and it seems to stand as a rather plain and average final song.
The way the album was going for the first half made me think that this was going to be a very poor album to indicate he was probably not going to be able to follow it up any time soon, but following Timbo's appearance, there was a sudden lift and had him come through with a range of current tunes which take his sound forward and enable him to come up with the goods and show that he still has it, but it is still rather inconsistent and so this should al be taken into account when trying it out.
I love this album it is packed with 15 gorgeous songs all of them bring out the very good voice of ginuwine. Ginuwine has got a very nice voice he is a very talented singer and like other musicians he puts so much emotions into all his songs. He also on this album sings some songs with other talented musicians like missy elliot, brandy and timbaland so not only do you get one talented voice you also get to listen to three more other voices from very talented .For the price that this album is being sold for i would say you are getting a bargain.To all those that like ginuwine and to all those who are willing to try ,this is the album to have ,it is a very good album top of the class and i love all his 15 songs.Good work man keep it up look forward to hearing more songs from you.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Show Off
3 Trouble - Bun B, Ginuwine
4 Last Chance
6 One Time for Love
7 Open the Door
8 Get Involved - Missy Elliott, Ginuwine, Timbaland
10 Touch Me
11 Lying to Each Other
12 Even When I'm Mad
13 Bridge to Love - Brandy, Ginuwine
14 Used to Be the One
15 Show Me the Way