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The Return by Ruben Studdard

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After the righteous blast of gospel that was I Need an Angel, Ruben Studdard’s oh-so-secular disc, The Return, can be a little disconcerting: he of the velvet voice and teddybear looks wants to get you loose (see "Get U Loose"), but more importantly, he wants to get you used to the fact that, cuddly nickname or no, he's--lookout, ladies!--a playa. "Let me start by saying I'm not tryin' to get in your jeans," sings the man most of the world recognizes as a nice religious boy on the appealingly crackly "Let Me Make You Feel Beautiful." By the next track, though, he gets to the point: "Your body my body gonna be friends." And so it goes with the rest of the disc: diamonds shine off of his cuffs on "What Tha Business Is," a bouncy but burly club track; "To Da Crib" traffics in pure seduction ("I'm tellin' you, you won't forget it girl, even though you thought he rocked your world") and tosses in the N word for effect; and "Blow Ya Mind" extends a straightforward invitation--"take your clothes off/it'll feel right." It's not that Studdard, whose voice is in as fine a form as it was in 2003 when he won "American Idol," comes off as lecherous here--there have been far dirtier R&B discs--but he does give his sweet Southern persona a run for its money. Still, check him out: with Luther gone, there may be no smoother R&B torchbearer. --Tammy La Gorce

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 14, 2006)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2006
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: J RECORDS
  • Run Time: 54 minutes
  • ASIN: B000HBKCDM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,496 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By . VINE VOICE on November 11, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ruben Studdard could become one of our great singers ...-could-... but greatness is more than just making a nice sound come out of your mouth: Studdard's recordings don't have the consistency of point of view that comes from the ARTIST -having- a point of view. (Example: A much less technically adept singer, Madonna, for instance, can work with any number of producers, and yet a listener can -hear- that no tune is released until -she- approves it.) Studdard has to stop taking everyone else's word on what works. Sure, you use experts in each field to put the project together, but it's YOUR project. It's time to take charge of your career, this aint "American Idol" anymore. It's not terrible, it just ain't Ruben.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By R. Davis on October 17, 2006
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I have been in love with Ruben since American Idol. I really enjoyed his first two albums, Soulful and I Need An Angel. I pleasantly surprised to see that he was coming out with a new album. I listened to the album on AOL Full CD Listening Party. Then, I purchased the on album on my iTunes, and now, I can not stop listening to it. The Return is an awesome album, and I loved all of the tracks. My favorite songs are Our Story, Blow Ya Mind, and Make Ya Feel Beautiful. Ruben, you did it, again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By TG on October 14, 2006
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Ruben's voice is very soothing on the ballads and strokes the spirit. He makes you want to get up and dance on the uptempo songs. There were one are two songs that I skipped because I didn't care for them lyrically, but Ruben is bringing it on this album. He has matured and you can hear it in his voice and song interpetations such as Our Story and If Only For One Night. Make You Feel Beautiful and Rather Just Not Know are my favorites. I was very impressed. Very good album....
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marvin L. Robinson on April 1, 2007
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EVEN THOUGH HE WAS GIVING THANKS TO GOD IN HIS PREVIOUS ALBUM,WHICH WAS ALL GOOD,HE BROUGHT IT BACK TO WHAT ENDEARED HIM TO WHAT HAS GROWN TO MILLIONS OF FANS. FANTASTIC ALBUM(CD!) CONTINUE TO PUT OUT BEAUTIFUL MUSIC. GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU. M.L.ROBINSON-PENNSAUKEN,N.J.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Derrick Dunn on November 23, 2006
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Ruben Studddard has the potential to be one of the best balladers in the game given the right material. With the recent passng of Gerald Levert and the passing of Luther Vandross & Barry White a few years there aren't many ballader's left in the field of R&B. Thankfully The Velvet Teddy Bear retunrs with his sophmore CD and gave me some hope. The first track Change Me had to grow on me, and while a good track it's one of the weaker tracks on the CD. Track 3 Make Ya Beautiful NEEDS TO BE A SINGLE ! Written by Ne-Yo, Make Ya Beautiful is one of the best songs Ruben has ever recorded. Other stonng ballads include Get U Loose,BlowYa Mind and his cover of If Only For One Night.Although there are some very weak moments on the CD,mostly the faster cuts, the ballads are what make the CD work. Ruben is a very stong and capable singer and proved that he deserves a place in R&B.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By TrinaC on October 14, 2006
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Glad to see Ruben step out of the American Idol zone and bring it to us like a man. I listened to the entire CD yesterday on a first listen site, not expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. Great balance of songs on this disc. From the slow and sultry "Blow Ya Mind" to the up-tempo groove of "What The Business Is," the CD sizzles. Favorites, "Blow Ya Mind," "Our Story" and "I'm Not Happy." Oh yeah, I cringed at the idea of a cover, especially a Luther cover, but was overwhelmed by the awesomeness of "If Only For One Night." Great homage to Mr. Vandross. Huge step-up from "Soulful."
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Neilisa on October 21, 2006
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This CD is my introduction to Ruben. I confess I haven't followed his career nor have I listened to any of his previous CDs. However, I love his sound. It's sultry, sexy, mesmerizing. Ruben's style sort of reminds me of Luther Vandross. This CD is what I'd listen to on a rainy night, cuddled up in front of the fire with someone I love.

The Return (of the Velvet Bear) is catchy. Makes you wanna get on your feet and let your body sway to the music.

Change Me is a slow ballad. Not sure if I like it yet. I can't put my finger on why I don't like it. I don't know. Maybe it's the lyrics.

Make Ya Feel Beautiful is another sultry tune that truly does make you feel sexy as you get up and dance to it.

My favorite track is If Only for One Night. It's beautiful yet sad, haunting yet, um, fulfilling. Really great song to slow dance to.

I'm rating The Return a four out of five stars because I'm not sure if it'd make my top ten list of favorite CDs. I think Ruben has great style, great voice and as he gains more experience and more confidence in himself, he'll get better and better.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 21, 2006
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I remember when I'm sorry 2004 came out on his first album. They played it and played it until I got sick of him. One night last summer though on [...] I heard change me and I was hooked again. Though that is not the best song on this new one, Blow Ya Mind is definitely and makes up for all the bad ones. This is a must have for the Christmas gifts when thinking for that special someone and more.
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I can't wait to get it............. He did introduced the album on BET and if they are like CHANGE ME then all I say WELCOME BACK VELVET BEAR

I love this mans voice!!!!!!
For me the one and only true winner in American Idol!!!!
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