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Bilal: 1st Born Second
Buy! - (Interscope)
This Philly soul singer used to sing backup for D'Angelo, and his debut album shares similarities with D'Angelo's gritty, hip hop-flavored sound. Bilal also occasionally swoops up with a sweetly aching falsetto like his former boss, though he's more likely to sing in his natural register, exhibiting a sturdy, flexible vocal style with an impressive command ranging from old-school testifying to intensely melismatic moans. 8/15/2001 - Don Yates
Other Bilal album reviews:

In Another Life - 6/30/2015
A Love Surreal - 2/28/2013