Eric Benét - Hurricane
Produced by Eric Benet, George Nash, Walter Afanasieff, David Foster, and others.
Benét's third solo album comes after a long six year hiatus since the very good A Day In The Life and finds him in a very contemplative mood. Recent events well chronicled in the tabloids have left him a shattered man but his pain is definitely our gain because this is a wonderfully crafted album of heart-stopping sincerity and is his best work yet. The tempo never gets much faster than the beautiful "Pretty Baby" and "Where Does The Love Go" because catharsis is what's on Benét's mind and ballads to his lost love are where this album focuses and excels. With the masterful production of super producers Walter Afanasieff and David Foster (where have these guys been?), the ballads are all beautiful and his voice has never sounded better. My favorites include the beautiful old school "The Last Time" and the sweet "Still With You". This whole album proves the lyrics from "In The End" true: "I know that life has a funny way of bringing out the best by bringing on the pain". After experiencing Hurricane, you can only conclude that he must have messed up real bad if these wonderful songs couldn't help him win his love back.
By the way, the album also includes "I Wanna Be Loved", a song he had recorded with Earth, Wind and Fire but never saw the light of day (you can hear portions of it on the EWF DVD Shining Stars). This version is just Eric Benét solo. I kind of wish he had released the collaboration but this is still a wonderful track.
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