I disagree with Rickey Wright. The BEST part of this album is that Puffy is nowhere on there. This CD is definitely for cats who like to listen to good music without all the overdone machismo ("baby, I can do this and that...") and unneccesary rap(pers). He speaks words a man or woman in touch with their "emotions" could only understand. If all you like is sex-you-up, rub-you-down, kick-you-out, pimp tunes, you may be dissapointed. I've listened to this CD about 25 times and I haven't grown tired yet. I bought David Hollister's "Ghetto Hymns" shortly afterwards and didn't get that same feeling I got after hearing "Emotional".
From a musician stand point, his voice, his falsettos and the background vocals all go together with the music. Even though the samples could have been more HIDDEN, he still comes off tight over the beats. The Biggie beat in "Woke Up..." kinda fooled me the first few listens.
I'll admit I know Carl Thomas through a family member so you know I had to buy the album just see what he sounded like and to listen to it with a very critical ear ...and I haven't been disappointed yet.
If you don't have it, try it and buy it. If you have it, enjoy it!