He Got Soul: Ruben Studdard

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Bouncing Back 

After the release of The Return Ruben split ways with J Records, but bounced back with Sony Music and Hickory Records with the release of Love Is – produced by industry legends Jimmy Jam and Stargate. The 12-track effort featured a mix of original songs and covers, including a rendition of Michal Jackson’s 1979 classic, “I Can’t Help It.” The album reached number five on the Independent Albums chart and number 8 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Critics reviewed the effort as “appropriately settled, grounded in quiet storm but drifting into adult contemporary all of which helps give the album a bit of a retro-vibe... This could be called resignation, but it's really an acceptance of what Ruben Studdard's peculiar strengths are: he's a smooth soul singer…”