Others, of course, have sold such salt-of-the-earth, retro R&B over the past few years, but no one has done it with so little affectation. Recreating the '70s sway of Muscle Shoals and Stax is simple, but Hamilton sounds as if he lived it the first time, effortlessly finding the humanity missing from so much urban music. His strength still flows from his powerful roots: an after-school romance sparks a paean to a deeper love as he croons, "You got that southern stuff I like." After hearing the sublime Ain't Nobody Worryin', most will say the same about Hamilton.
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