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  • Summary: The Detroit singer's follow-up to his 2005 album expands on his theme of intimacy and features Jill Scott as a guest vocalist.
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  1. Clearly, Kem isn't self-conscious about his love of love--and we love him for it.
  2. On first listen, the disc seems unassuming because of its subtlety, but slowly it reveals its layers. The tracks about love, devotion, and transcendence are refreshingly honest and (mercifully) lacking in leering lasciviousness.
  3. His voice is clear over the sparse arrangements, and his words are more direct than before.
  4. The arrangements on his third LP embody the title's Intimacy, complementing his honeyed vocals with gentle acoustic strumming, soft taps on a snare drum, and occasional understated keyboard and brass lines.