Face the Music
Label: Mo-B Entertainment
Avant may tailor his vocal style to suit the occasion -- his seventh album, at various points, evokes Trey Songz (the bottle-popping "80 in a 30") and R. Kelly ("Excited"). But he knows how to pick good songs and melodies, and that's more than enough to make this an entertaining hour of resplendently smooth R&B, with "Best Friend," "More," "Gratitude" and the Keke Wyatt duet "You & I" among the highlights. Meanwhile, the big Motown-like backbeat and piping horns of "Nobody's Business" is a nice surprise.