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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10

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  1. SuneR
    Apr 22, 2003
    9
    Really good... he has a fantastic voice.
  2. [Anonymous]
    May 26, 2005
    10
    This is one of the best albums of all time. Sometimes, For You, and Love Poems.. are a few of my favorites. I have been listening to this album for years. Each time thatI hear it, I fall in love with it all over again. I cannot wait until his next project is released.
  3. hab76rich
    Nov 11, 2001
    10
    buy this album!
  4. VamseeC.
    Dec 16, 2001
    9
    Maybe he stretches himself, but his pipes can handle it. Check out his contribution to Guru's Jazzmatazz.
  5. babahr
    Dec 21, 2001
    10
    The only thing bad about this album is that it didn't chart well--and that will probably tempt Bilal to stray from the path... Although he pays homage to Sly, Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder, it's Prince that he favors. MUsically it is like the classic album 1999, but instead of trying to shock (like Prince) he is trying to seduce. If you attempt to just have this album The only thing bad about this album is that it didn't chart well--and that will probably tempt Bilal to stray from the path... Although he pays homage to Sly, Curtis Mayfield and Stevie Wonder, it's Prince that he favors. MUsically it is like the classic album 1999, but instead of trying to shock (like Prince) he is trying to seduce. If you attempt to just have this album playing in the background, a song like "Sometimes" will reach out and grab you by the ears and demand that you pay attention to Bilal's talent. Why is everybody sleeping on this??? Expand
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. If it isn't quite the debut that new soul touchstones like D'Angelo's Brown Sugar and Erykah Badu's Baduizm were, it's certainly far more ambitious...
  2. The overreaching inevitably hurts the disc's consistency in spots, but it's easy to admire Bilal's ambition, and when it works, it works well. He can't quite do it all, but he does what he can as well as anyone out there, making 1st Born Second sound like the first highlight in a compelling career.
  3. 80
    Sharing with Marvin Gaye and D'Angelo the ability to sing in forceful anger while seducing you with sweet talk, this 22-year-old Philadelphia singer positions himself to become the next great soul man.