As a long time admirer of Mr O'Neal a new album by the man is always something i take note of, unfortunately the last 15 yrs or so have not been great musically for the big man and this album isn't gonna change that opinion anytime soon. Whilst i don't expect to see Alex revisit the halcyon days of his 80's and early 90's Jam and Lewis peak, i do expect something professional and well made?
The main problem with this album is the awful production! For a start the songs sound like they were made cheaply in 1993, they have a terribly dated feel to them, i like a good retro throwback but not something as poorly done as this, the songs too are largely bland and forgettable, though "Minnesota Shuffle" is pretty darn catchy i will admit! the same however can't be said for the rest of the album which is instantly forgettable in every way!
It actually pains me to see how far the great man has fallen, vocally he still has it but he needs to hook up with some good songwriters and producers again if he wants to be taken seriuosly as a credible artist. At least the cover this time isn't as cheap looking as his last effort, so at least that's something i guess!
I'm a die hard Alex fan and even i can't recommend this i'm afraid.