Second Chance (Deluxe)
We're not sure what sort of lesson to draw from El DeBarge's decades-long descent into drug addiction, career suicide and incarceration. After all, he has come out of it with his ageless falsetto intact, luxuriously swathed in silky penthouse production. Plus, he still looks like Lando Calrissian's dapper baby brother. El D never loses his cool, even when 50 Cent drops by to flex his muscles or Fabolous appears to lure in younger listeners. MJ and Luther Vandross are gone, but El DeBarge has done more than survive -- he's discarded his demons in favor of lighting up boudoirs. Respect.