While John Forté’s duet with Valerie June, “Give Me Water” — from his Water Suite EP — radiated sensuality to a window-steaming degree, the ex-Fugees member manages to amp up the intimacy even more in his 60-second, solo rendition. With just a mic and his guitar, the Grammy nominee shows a greater vulnerability and flashes tenderness when he reaches for his falsetto. Forté maintains the sing-rap duality of the original, too, performing both parts with a climbing pace. Even at his gentlest, though, he still packs a spitfire flow.
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