Music: Emotional

Carl Thomas MY NAME IS JOE Joe

If Joe were a cup of coffee instead of a pop-soul singer, he would be filled with about five of those thingys of half-and-half and about six lumps of sugar. He's more polite than soulful. His album comes to life, though, with a rap cameo by Nas on the last track. Singer Carl Thomas' mostly agreeable album has a bit more "street" to it, perhaps because he's on Sean ("Puffy") Combs' Bad Boy label. His association with serial sampler Combs may also explain why the title track on this CD samples a hefty chunk of Sting's song Shape of My Heart....

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