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CL Smooth American Me

While it doesn't deliver on the promise of advance singles "Bars of Fury" and "Smoke In The Air," CL Smooth's solo debut is more than an efficient comeback album for the Mecca Don. With beats from mostly un-hyped producers (Rsonist, Kaygee, and Tramp) and no guest appearances, the 11-song effort pulls no punches but, unfortunately, does little to pull in listeners who aren't already entrenched in the Pete Rock and CL Smooth legacy. Whether it‘s post-9/11 America, praising Momma, or playing the don, CL doesn‘t deviate from the flow of his mid-‘90s heyday, delivering lines like an old friend.

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