May 04, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B-

This Ludacris protégé oozes suave confidence on his second set of romantic whispers, but Bobby Valentino’s self-assured attitude isn’t always enough to sell these songs. He gets a boost early on from a pair of effervescent Timbaland co-productions, ”Anonymous” and ”Rearview (Ridin’)”; as soon as the tempos slow, though, Valentino’s vocals start losing pep. By the disc’s halfway point, he’s reached a soporific low. The remaining songs on Special Occasion will provide agreeable mood music for a candlelit dinner in a pinch, if nothing else. B-

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