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Album review: Jamie Foxx's 'Intuition'

December 15, 2008 |  4:59 pm

Foxx_intuition240_2 Jamie Foxx would be justified in continuing his efforts as a singer if for no other reason than as fodder for more videos as charming and lightly humorous as the one for "Just Like Me," the first single from his sophomore album.

The track itself is one of five on the album co-written and produced by Terius "The-Dream" Nash and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, the team behind, among their other recent successes, Rihanna's "Umbrella" and Beyonce's "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)." It's rooted in a nicely syncopated bass-and-drum rhythm track dusted with celestial keyboards and percolating acoustic guitar accents, Foxx and guest rapper T.I. trading lines that detail his worries about the girl who's doing him wrong.

"Intuition" presents a sampler of contemporary R&B styles from producers including Timbaland, Just Blaze, Butter Beats and Calvo Da Gr8, giving the collection a disjointed air. Foxx's identity as a musician isn't any clearer than it was on his double platinum debut album, "Unpredictable."

Foxx briefly resurrects his ability to channel Ray Charles in "I Don't Need It," while "Digital Girl," another from The-Dream and Tricky, takes him into the world of dreamy dance pop and gets an assist from Kanye West. "Blame It" (featuring T-Pain) goes more deeply into techno with heavily processed and staccato vocal edits over a metal-shop clanking beat track from producer Christopher "Deep" Henderson.

You'd have a hard time telling who's at the center of most of these state-of-the-art but undistinctive concoctions. Unless, of course, Foxx turns them into videos.

--Randy Lewis

Jamie Foxx
(J Records)
** Two stars