|All Artists: Marques Houston|
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 2
Label: Umvd Labels
Release Date: 5/24/2005
Genres: Pop, R&B
Styles: Contemporary R&B, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Marques Houston Shows The Ladies What He's Made Of!
Charles L. Hubbert | Milwaukee, WI | 09/07/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It's almost amazing that Batman has made it this long. Yes, I said Batman because that's who I remember him being. You know you remember him as Batman from the group Immature (or later known as IMX). Some younger folks might remember him from Sister Sister too. So what has been his secret for lasting this long and still being able to maintain a relatively successful career? Well in Immature, he and the guys targeted the screaming teenage girls that instinctively gravitated to popular teenage boys. In IMX, they targeted the older teens and those young adults still not old enough to drink. Even his first debut solo album MH was geared to those same girls and maybe those that could finally get in a club. So, it seems he's basically followed the same group of girls throughout his career, and Naked is no different as all those same girlies are now in the 'Grown & Sexy' stage.
It may be a shock to many people who never thought Marques Houston would end up being a serious R&B singer. But with songs like the title track "Naked" and "Sex With You," he doesn't come off as some kid star purporting to be some sex symbol. Marques continues the smooth talking with no problem on the songs "Everything" and "Do You Mind." He has even refined his "club" sound to more agreeable tunes like "I Wasn't Ready" with a surprisingly decent verse from Rufus Blaq, a blast from the past that went virtually unknown in the mid nineties. Another carefree song is the debut single "All Because Of You" featuring Immature/IMX alum Young Rome (better known as Romeo).
There are some minor missteps like "12 O'Clock" featuring the long-forgotten rapper Joe Budden, the "immature" sounding "I Like It" featuring RaRa & Dame, and the weird suggestions given on the song "Marriage." For the most part, the ballads on this album are on point and that is exactly what Marques should focus on for the future. Marques Houston has the formula for success right in the palm of his hands...he just has to make sure he works it to his advantage like he has been doing for years."
B. Hsiao | Collinsville, IL | 03/06/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think with this album Marques tries to give us just the right amount of music that we need. Some might think that 11 tracks is a short album but if all the songs are hot then it is ok. It is kind of like Jaheim's new album Ghetto Classics in which it only has 11 tracks but you can play it all the way through. This Marques Houston album is pretty impressive in that it has the right amount of slow songs and dance/club records. It has music for all types of moods so that is why I give it a 5 star rating!"
I Didn't Think It Would Be This Good
wackiekidd | st louis metro | 05/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I usually don't buy albums from artists that used to be in boy bands (i.e. NSYNC, IMx, etc.), but this CD is good. When I first saw the first video, I knew it would be promising but not this good. After hearing this one, I now wonder what I have been missing. Nice slow ballads are featured on this one. Marques has a nice voice and shouldn't be slept on. This CD is much better than Mario's or Omarion's."