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As befitting his modest name, Joe Thomas may barely register in the pop mainstream, but he's sustained an audience for over two decades and, with Bridges, 11 albums. Like so many others in this post-Pharrell season, he dabbles with a disco vibe on "Take It to the House." A supple rhythm reminiscent of the S.O.S. Band guides him through "Love & Sex Pt. 2." He reunites with 50 Cent (remember their "Ride Wit U" hit?) for "Mary Jane," and coos playfully like an early Prince on "Love Sex Hollywood." These handful of songs are memorable detours from Joe's no-frills R&B.