Let's Get Physical

Elephant Man scored a minor radio hit in the U.S. with 2003’s dancehall jam ”Pon de River, Pon de Bank” — which was apparently enough to set Diddy off on a quixotic quest to break the hyperactive Jamaican star into this country’s pop market. And so his Bad Boy debut Let’s Get Physical comes crowded with marquee-name guests like Chris Brown and Rihanna. It’s an odd approach: Ele’s as enjoyably manic as ever, but his style clashes uncomfortably with all these MTV smoothies. What’s the point of an Elephant Man record in which his idiosyncratic personality isn’t given room to breathe? C+
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Let's Get Physical
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