a nice blend of soul, latin, reggae, r&b and hip-hop, this album is a very good introduction to wyclef jean. the lyrics are sometimes atrociously tacky - "this one goes out to my almond joy, my banana that never split" - but the album stands up on the strength of its eclectic musical approach, ensuring that there is something in it to satisfy everyone. a host of guest artists sits in - carlos santana, missy elliott, patti labelle, the edge, and dancehall favorite buju banton, among others. i would agree with some other reviewers that the record lacks focus, but then its not a concept album, nor is it meant to be. wyclef sings about all sorts of things - step-parenthood ("baby daddy"), internecine rap rivalry ("industry"), love ("i am your doctor", "baby"), social commentary ("next generation"), to name a few. nice mix of moods. some tracks, however, dont work. particularly annoying is "rebel music", where wyclef (or is it prodigy) raps over bollywood-style background music (befitting the reuniting of long-lost brothers with their mother type-scene). eewww!!!! an uneven album, but certainly worth your while to check out. especially on account of the bonus dvd (containing the studio sessions of some of the tracks) that comes with it.