Musiq Soulchild is the most enduring male solo artist to come out of the Philly soul movement that also gave us Jill Scott and Bilal, and now that he lives in Atlanta, home to some of the hottest names in urban music (T.I., Usher), he’s got a new confidence. That’s what makes his fifth CD, OnMyRadio, a welcome departure from previous work, which started to all sound the same around 2003’s Soulstar. He hasn’t abandoned his romantic roots, but he was wise to enrich them with Southern charm.
Four fine albums deep into a career with no Top Ten pop singles to his name, Musiq Soulchild went for broke with the single released prior to his fifth album. At least it kinda seemed that way: "Radio" sounded suspiciously like a cash-in on Atlanta snap, à la Dem Franchize Boyz's "Lean wit It, Rock wit It," or even Monica's "Everytime the Beat Drop," but it was a couple years late. It was almost shockingly out of character, if not clumsy and baffling.