Album review: 'The Rose Experience,' by Case

Patrick Varine

I knew I recognized the name Case from somewhere. After getting his start singing backup for Usher and a few other R&B groups, Case made a minor splash with his 1996 hit "Touch Me Tease Me" (listen to it, you'll remember).

"The Rose Experience" is his return after a seven-year absence, and he picks up pretty much where he left off: mid-'90s-ish R&B with touches of R. Kelly and Usher.

To be fair, making a modern R&B record without it sounding like R. Kelly is a tough thing to do. When Case ups the tempo ("Deja Vu," the Detroit bounce and hand-claps of "Turns Me On"), things work very well.

But there are only so many times you can profess your love over a sweet, sticky 80 beats-per-minute ballad before things just start to run together.

Case is a gifted singer and - as he proves on a select few of "Rose Experience's" tracks- versatile, too; he'd do well to work some variety into his game.

Listen to samples from "The Rose Experience" at Amazon.com.

Sussex Countian