2000 Watts

So much for sophomore jinxes. 2000 Watts, the second album from Tyrese, is clearly superior to the singer’s 1998 debut. His polished vocals resonate with depth, warmth and feeling, and high-powered producers Damon Thomas (Babyface, Dru Hill) and Harvey Mason Jr., lend plenty of juice throughout these 15 tracks—notably on the single “I Like Them Girls,” a sexy, bouncy anthem of female appreciation. Nearly half the cuts on 2000 Watts are club and dance party ready, from the Jermaine Dupri-produced "Off the Heezy" to Rodney Jerkins’ synthesized rhythms on "I Ain’t the One." Still, Tyrese shows he can get his groove on and work those seductive, bedroom ballads to perfection on tunes such as "I’m Sorry" and the sweet, Babyface-produced "There For Me (Baby)." Listening to him croon on "What Am I Gonna Do," a bittersweet ditty about the joys and pain of falling into unrequited love, is electrifying.