Music Review

31 Minutes to Takeoff (2010)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Aug 10, 2010; Lead Performance: Mike Posner; Genre: Pop

PLEASE DON\'T GO Mike Posner | Mike Posner, 31 Minutes to Takeoff
PLEASE DON'T GO Mike Posner

The sly electro-pop kiss-off ''Cooler than Me,'' may have already garnered Mike Posner his 15 minutes. But the 22-year-old Michigan native — whisked from dorm-room mixtape star to major-label signee the summer before his senior year at Duke — asks for approximately twice that allotted time on his (barely) full-length debut, 31 Minutes to Takeoff.

Often labeled as a rapper in early press, the gravel-throated Posner is really more of a baby timberlake, albeit one with less vocal and musical finesse — Justin with a sigma nu sweatshirt and a mild case of laryngitis, if you will. tracks like ''Déjà Vu'' and ''Bow Chicka Wow Wow'' are standard, though entertaining, entries in the new-jack seduction pantheon, all crunked on late-’80s synths and implied pelvis grinds. ''Do U Wanna'' reaches back further, with stax horns and a shuffling, Donny Hathaway-worthy groove. ''Cheated'' is just ugly — does the ''whore'' in question really need to be called out by her full name? — but Posner redeems himself on the shimmery player’s lament ''Gone in September.'' in fact, 31 Minutes’ breezy B-boy anthems may keep the man of the half hour around well past Labor Day. B

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Do You Wanna a sweet soul throwback at amazon.com
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Originally posted Aug 04, 2010 Published in issue #1115 Aug 13, 2010 Order article reprints

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