Musiq Soulchild : Aijuswanaseing (I Just Want To Sing)

Musiq Soulchild : Aijuswanaseing (I Just Want To Sing)

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If he was any more in touch with his feminine side he'd be menstruating.

A good man is so hard to find. But then, as TLC would have it, a [I]hard[/I] man is so [I]good[/I] to find. Working by this edict, nu-soul troubadour Musiq Soulchild doesn’t stand a chance. Boy, is this dude [I]sensitive[/I]. If he was any more in touch with his feminine side he’d be menstruating.

Not that we should complain – at least he’s not another bitch-baiting scrub spouting macho clich├ęs. It’s just that you [I]know[/I] Beyonce would eat him alive, so it’s difficult to listen to his exhortations about how his girl comes first and how he’s gonna treat her right and blah blah without thinking ‘who’s buying this shit?’ Certainly not Aaliyah or Kelis or any of the other R&B cyber divas who revivified soul music and proved that you could be an independent woman and sell millions of records and [I]still[/I] have men in the palm of your hand.

Perhaps sensing this, Musiq never gets to the bedroom. Unlike, say, D’Angelo – who can get away with this tender schtick mainly because he oozes sex and has got, y’know, some tunes – Musiq sticks with the [I]Dawson’s Creek [/I]neuroses of romance, aware that it’s just gonna get embarrassing if he starts acting the stud. In fact, it’s really all a bit fucking [I]indie[/I].

Needless to say, he has a beautiful voice, slick with a langorous melody, and a backing band keen to keep things smooth. Hmm. Looking forward to the new Destiny’s Child album then?

Christian Ward