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  • Audio CD (27 May 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00009KU6T
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Francesco Tristano ~ What's A Man To Do

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By A Customer on 18 Sept. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I first heard Frankie J's voice on the single "Suga Suga" by Baby Beesh. I decided to investigate this artist & found that he had released this album so i took a gamble & bought it, not knowing what to expect.... & I am so GLAD I bought the album...
His voice reminds me of a mix of Joe & Wayne Wonder, but believe me he can hold his own with any of the R&B artists out today. I'll point out the highlights of the album....
"Dont Wanna Try" kicks off the album, a beautiful song & very original in the way it is sung.. this song hit me as a nice song when I first heard it but now it is one of my fav tracks.
"Wont Change" is more uptempo & it definately seems that Frankie J can hold a club track aswell as a ballad.
"We Still"... OHMYGOD!! I cant explain how much I love this song, as soon as the chorus kicked in I stopped, this song kept getting repeated DEFINITELY my favourite track
Frankie J sounds familiar but fresh at the same time, this album is a great accomplishment & is one of those albums u can listen to from beginning to end without skipping a track ...
Check it out 4 yaself...1
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Frankie J's album is in one word...TIGHT! Now i know some of yall don't know tight, but it does mean amazing...well in this case anyways. The best tracks on the album are..
Whats a man to do? : The first song on the album. It's my favorite and has great lyrics.
Don't wanna try/Ya no es lgual: This was the first single off the album, and it's soooo good. The lyrics are great and i'm glad he released this one first. It's very emotional and is a great chilling song.
Be home soon: This start of this song says it all. It's enough to make somebody cry. Frankie J has that emotion in his voice, which just sets off a mood inside of you. He has a great voice and i hope that he does try and start a career over in the United Kingdom. There isn't much Latin singers with this much talent so i think he would do well here.
Get this album, and i'm sure it will always be in your cd player. It's got songs to suit all moods on here so it's a perfect addition for the rest of your cd's. It's worth every penny...trust me. I gave it 4 stars though as well...not eveybody can be perfect eh?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 15 July 2014
By Arnold B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
My GF liked it.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's a Man to Do 19 Mar. 2005
By Toni B - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is one of the best albums that iv'e purchased this year.

Finally a album that is worth the dollar value, a must have to all music lovers. Excellent!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great R&B CD 3 Dec. 2003
By Jackie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am always hesitant to buy a cd before having listened to most of the tracks due to the simple fact that often times, the first single off the album is about the only decent song on it. This however, is not the case with Frankie J. What's A Man To Do is a very relaxed album with some great beats and even better lyrics. The cd has a unique sound and is probably one of the best R&B cd's released in a while.
Here's the complete review-
1. What's a Man To Do- Song about being stuck in a relationship that just won't work- a subject almost everyone can relate to. Great music, and a chorus you'll find yourself singing all day long. One of the best on the album. 9/10
2. Wont Change- Good up tempo beat, featuring Gemini. Good overall song. 8/10
3. Interlude- only about 5 seconds long- the way interludes should be.
4. We Still- Great song about a two people who love each other but have a hard time showing it. Great lyrics and vocals. 10/10
5. Wanna Know- One of my favorite songs on the album. Definately shows off his voice in a song that everyone can relate to. 10/10
6. Diggin Your Style- Another Uptempo Song. Catchy Chorus and Nice beats. Best part of this song however is the verse with Baby Bash 7/10
7. Don't Wanna Try- The reason I bought this cd in the first place. Defiantely shows how talented he really is in both the vocals and on the piano. 11/10
8. Just The Way- Uptempo song featuring Gemini again. Another of my favorites on the album. One you can listen to over and over again. 10/10
9.Be Home Soon- Song about having to be away from the one you love. Defiantely another song everyone can relate to. However, a song I often skip due to the fact that it's so slow and can get a little boring 7/10
10. Drinks on Me- Best song on the album beat wise, featuring Baby Bash again. Has a club feel to it. 9/10
11. From the Outside Lookin In- You can pretty much tell what this song is about just by the title. Featuring Russell Lee and Max Minelli (never heard of them before this album, but not bad) Good overall song thought not one of my favorites 6/10
12.Ya No Es Igual- Spanish version of Don't Wanna Try. Gives a different flavor to the song and is a good track even if you don't know spanish.
Overall I would recommed this cd to anyone who likes R&B, and I would defiantely buy another Frankie J album in the future.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Frankie J is Definitely Supposed to Sing- Tight Debut! 28 July 2003
By M. J. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I was very surprised upon listening to Frankie J's solo debut. I knew for sure that his hit single, DON'T WANNA TRY, was good but the other songs on the CD are just as great if not better. Another surprise is the fact that Frankie can really sing. His range and vocal abilities are not used to full effect in the hit single but the rest of the CD shows his ablities. His voice is very soulful and light which allows him to do more with his vocals. He has joined the ranks of Smokie Norful, Kevon Edmonds, Jesse Powell, Marc Anthony and Ginuwine as being one of my favorite male singers.
WHAT'S A MAN TO DO?- This slow jam has alot of meat to it. It is a nice start to a pleasing CD. Here, Frankie shows us some of his more urban side. Check out some of the words he uses. The song is really laidback but also has alot of punch to it as well. Also, Frankie lets loose at the end of the song showing how it can be done. A
WON'T CHANGE- This breezy summerish but laidback midtempo is very pleasant overall. The song itself is very interesting and could be a radio release as it is very commercial. I like the end where the chorus is going and Frankie J does one of those vocal breakdowns. It takes some skills to be able to do that as ably as he does. It sounds like something Marques Houston or someone like that would sing and it is very tight. A+
WE STILL- This is one of those poppish kinda ballads but with Frankie's easy and soulful vocals it turns this heartfelt and pleading song around. This is a very calm but also powerful ballad that also says alot about a relationship that is not improving. A
WANNA KNOW- Here is a song that has that very soulful, Quiet Storm beat heavy mellow feel to it. It is a song that has him just asking how things are gonna be. It kinda reminds me of those cool, soulful songs of the 90s that were just free and easy without pretense or even tension. This is definitely a good song. A
DIGGIN' yOUR STYLE- A song that has Frankie confronting a very soulful, New Jack or neosoul vibe. The rap is very tight on this song and as always Frankie's vocals on this midtempo are superb. A-
DON'T WANNA TRY- Radio hit that put Frankie on the map. This is a very good song and I am surprised that radio rightfully reacted positively to it as well as the video outlets. A
JUST THE WAY- Unlike the ballads or slow cuts and the hip midtempos, this is really one of the weakest tracks on the disc. There is not much to complain about with this song but there is also not much to gloat or commend. So, it is adequte and is a nice filler. B+
BE HOME SOON- A ballad that has Frankie just saying that he will be home soon. The heartfelt, written letter feel of the song along with the prominent piano, the lyrics and Frankie's vocals puts this song above what the average singer could do and makes one feel the emotions. This song is great. A+
DRINKS ON ME- Upbeat song that is very beat heavy. It has that club kinda vibe to it with a nice rap and Frankie just saying that the drinks are on him. A-
FROM THE OUTSIDE LOOKING IN- Midtempo that is very soulful like always. It definitely sounds like something that is very genuine and heartfelt. I enjoy the song though it is one of the weaker tracks on the disc. A-
YA NO ES IGUAL- Spanish version of DON'T WANNA TRY, this song is very good in the Spanish version with a different tinge or feel to it. A
Overall, the CD is a return to the genuine soul that many people have been craving for. Not the weak but also good stuff that is heard on the radio by a host of people who sound so soulless that they make Frank Sinatra or Barry Manilow or Madonna be the Queens and Kings of Soul comparatively. I was surprised that the CD was this good and that Frankie's voice was also good. Frankie can definitely sing and he helps to close some of the racial stereotypes by showing that not just African-Americans can sing soul music and sing it well. It comes from other things than just race. This is a really commendable, respectful and pleasant effort. Make sure you get this and support Frankie on his future projects.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty decent debut 1 July 2003
By Anthony Rupert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Frankie J has been sort of drifting in and out of R&B groups for the past few years, but somewhere along the line he decided to go solo and thus found a home at Columbia Records. What's A Man To Do is his first full-length album, and it's a pretty good attempt.
By now everyone should be familiar with the hit single "Don't Wanna Try". That's the best song on the album, and I personally can't get enough of it. "We Still" is good too, but I hope I'm not the only one who thinks it sounds a little like Sammie's "I Like It". One concern I have, though, is that this album kind of sounds like a Bad Boy record. No, there aren't many samples on here, but the unnecessary guest rappers here and there sound like clones of G. Dep and Mark Curry, which can sometimes obstruct the flow of this album.
Frankie wrote and produced all or most of the songs himself, although he's not the greatest songwriter. This is probably why songs like "Be Home Soon" and "Wanna Know" come off somewhat cheesy. And the songs with the guest rappers don't usually work all that well, especially "Drinks On Me". But the thing is, Frankie has such a good voice that it may make people not even care about the missteps. I suggest listening to it before you buy it.
Anthony Rupert
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