Point Of No Return
Label: Interscope Records
Keyshia Cole has reigned as R&B's queen of tough love for nearly a decade. But after six albums, her formula sounds a bit worn. It's hard to hear her growl "smack a b*tch like Rick James" without thinking of reality TV dramas like her Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is series, or hear her describe gunning down a cheating man on "Heat of Passion" without hearing 2012's epic ballad "Trust & Believe." She's not the type for reinvention, and with her fantastic singing voice, she shouldn't have to be. And there's some good material here, like "Party Ain't a Party." Still, it's stuff she's done before.