The best cuts on Lloyd Polite's second album, 2007's Street Love, perfected a particularly dreamy strain of lovers' R&B; on Lessons In Love, he continues to mine this fertile territory. Lyrically, Polite rarely strays far from a seducer's template, but the way in which he sells the cliche is compelling. Soft of voice and light of touch, Polite is a languid, subtle performer who invests his mellifluous sweet nothings with an ambivalent distance - shimmering just out of reach.
The big lead single from Lloyd's third album, "Girls All Around the World," has a couple connections with "You," the number one R&B single from 2007's Street Love. Lil Wayne's guest roles are the most obvious similarity between the two, while "Girls All Around the World" is built around the same drum break -- the one from Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers' "Ashley's Roachclip," a source for the likes of Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full" and Milli Vanilli's "Girl You Know It's True," to name two of the almost countless -- used on P.M.