Boney James's Ride is looser, funkier and far more likely to be heard inside a balla's Escalade than any of his previous efforts. It helps that James has peppered the album with contemporary R&B singers such as Dave Hollister, Jaheim and Trina Broussard. Then again, the album does include a lot of stimulating tracks that place James front and center, sexing you up just like Color Me Badd used to do back in the day. Where does it say someone has to be singing in the background for couples to get their Last Tango in Paris on? After all, this is the man whose instrumental compositions have been referred to as "baby-making music." So pop in Ride, and the minute Ol' Boney Bone hits a high note, just hope you're making your significant other do the same.