Q - p.943 stars out of 5
- "[O]ne of the best R&B records in way too long."
Personnel: Eamon; Milk Dee, Al Trautwig, N.O.R.E.
Producers: Mark Passy, Milk Dee, Yared Williams, Roy "Royalty" Hamilton, V. Jeffrey Smith.
Those who heard Eamon's huge urban hit "F**k It (I Don't Want You Back)" and suspected that he would prove to be a one-hit wonder need only give a cursory listen to I DON'T WANT YOU BACK to hear that the New York-based rapper/singer is a genuine talent. With a surprisingly soulful vocal style that recalls early R&B crooners such as Frankie Lymon, Eamon details the myriad of ways in which he simultaneously enjoys and despises women, all over old-school minimalist beats and spare samples that give the lyrics added grit. Though his vitriol often makes Eminem's rants seem tame, Eamon's undeniably catchy combination of 1950s/'60s soul and gangsta rap places the artist among hip-hop's more intriguing modern acts.