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Oncefinished touring in support of , music making slid to the side as acting, endorsing, investing, and talent grooming took precedence. The few appearances from 2007 through 2012 -- through collaborations with , , , , and new jack ballad mode , often in partnership with -- confirmed that the cutting edge was not his concern. Aligning with in 2002 and with in 2006 were not bold creative risks either, but working with once more makes it plain that wanted to remain within his comfort zone. Along with co-producer and fellow songwriter , have made a refined and distended follow-up to . Seventy minutes in duration, it's only four minutes longer but contains two fewer songs. Opener "Pusher Love Girl" sets the tone for the program; the first three of its eight minutes would make for an elegant sweet-soul introduction. "Strawberry Bubblegum" recalls a time when groups like and released extended mixes of club ballads, though the bottom isn't as thick, and it comes with three bonus minutes of -style rhythm box that facilitates more metaphorical macking. "Let the Groove Get In," something like a modernized hybrid of 's "Wanna Be Starting Something" and 's "All Night Long," is undeniably festive. The relatively raw soul throwback "That Girl" adds a slight Southern touch and does not wander. "Suit & Tie," a lighthearted and goofily dashing throwback, serves the same flirty dancefloor purpose as "Rock Your Body," drawing from early- to mid-'70s soul instead of late-'70s disco-funk. referred to the song, the lead single, as "just the wink." It's far from the only one here -- a pleasant and grown-up release from a charismatic entertainer.