He’s not a baby anymore!

We got introduced to him as a singer in 2007, when he was just ten years old, but now Jacob Latimore has come a long way from doing cute tracks with Diggy Simmons.

Connection is that project that a lot of kid stars would like to have; something that shows that they have matured and are no longer the tiny sweetheart that we got to know originally, but is also not cringy.  Singers from Tevin Campbell to Keke Palmer, the way that most of them demonstrate their growth is by sliding in a bunch of swear words in a single track while everything else stays the same, making for one track that just seems out of place.  Yes; Latimore does swear a lot on this set (not so much that it’s uncomfortable, though), but it’s interspersed throughout every track and seems to just be his natural style of speech, making for something that is a lot easier to listen.

Adding to that is the fact that the subject matter of the music has matured, viewpoint and all.  This entire album is about relationships and the various points that can come up within them.  How much to tell your friends about your significant other, not being able to keep your hands off each other, jealousy, cheating, and fear of commitment are just some of themes here.  Of course, there is sexual content as well, but it doesn’t feel like a something that was forced and not a part of the singer’s experience.  Everything here feels natural and a good match for the person performing.

Topping things off is the fact that Latimore’s vocals are great.  He manages to strike a happy medium between solid adlibs and maintaining a consistent sound that is soothing but not boring.  The production does feel a little dozy at times, but there are faster tracks mixed in with the mid-tempo’s to pop you out of any rut you might be sinking in to.  The lyrics are pretty part for the course for this kind of album, but they are not full of platitudes either.  That means that there are some good lines that stand out from time to time and you never tune out the vocals because you’ve heard it all before.

Our favorite tracks are Say Less, Mutual, Risky, and Just Tell Em.  The most skippable track is The Real.