Review: Sean Kingston

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Time Out Ratings :

<strong>Rating: </strong>4/5

If Sean Paul is pop-reggae's quintessential bad boy, Sean Kingston is his cuddly-teddy-bear counterpart. The 19-year-old, who broke out in 2007 with the irresistible "Stand by Me" makeover "Beautiful Girls," sounds like a boyish softy even on racy bangers like "Fire Burning," the lead single from this highly impressive sophomore effort. But the uplifting kiss-off tune "Face Drop" shows Kingston at his best, combining bubblegum crooning with sleek production and candid wordplay ("Sayin' that I look better if I was thinner / Don't you know you shoulda loved me for my inner"). Even when his Jamaicanisms seem shticky ("Island Girl"), Kingston radiates 1,000-watt feel-good charm.

Sean Kingston plays Gramercy Theatre Nov 4.

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