Raymond Fiore
February 10, 2006 at 05:00 AM EST

Thug-love soul crooner Jaheim launches his third CD, Ghetto Classics, with ”The Chosen One,” a fine, throaty declaration of gooey devotion. It’s a promising start that’s difficult to sustain: By the time the saccharine last track, ”Come Over,” rolls around, you feel like you’ve heard that same unremarkable melody, midtempo shuffle, and 1970s soul-sampling style on repeat for nearly an hour. He’d have done better to loop the disc’s first five minutes instead.

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