By Simon Vozick-Levinson
Updated September 28, 2007 at 04:00 AM EDT

This Washington, D.C.-based newcomer isn’t coy about his biggest influence in Back of My Lac’: ”Come Here” finds J. Holiday wistful about days of yore, ”bumping and grinding on some R. Kelly s—.” Sure enough, he does his best Kelly croon here, whether lending his creamy tenor to an oversexed slow jam (”Bed”), a tough-talking street lecture (”Thug Commandments”), or a tender love song (”Without You”). His spot-on impression makes for a pleasant listen — but until he develops a sound that’s truly his own, there won’t be much reason to celebrate this Holiday. B-
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