Though he shows a gift for arrangements that build smoothly, these recordings by R&B artist Cnote are very much in the “songwriter demo” realm. His solo voice simply doesn’t generate the spark (especially on the high notes) that can take his material to the bank. We like the message in the piano-based “Independent,” where he croons about a confident woman who’s “got her own life, got her own style.” He gets playful in the song “Hit Me Back,” and showcases some tricky vocal interplay, but the lyrics veer into the corny zone. “Wishin’” is maybe his strongest song. We urge Cnote––a skillful arranger––to enlist an equally gifted singer who can take this material to the next level.