Richardson claims to worship at the altar of Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye. And certainly “Keep on Pushin’,” the opening track here, borrows so liberally from Cooke’s “A Change is Gonna Come” that it comes dangerously close to copyright infringement. But that’s where the similarities end. The North Carolina native shares none of his heroes’ depth of character, nor visceral passion. Five different production teams only succeed in turning Richardson’s album into dull, generic neo-soul.
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