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“Flower” is the most plainly besotted song on this album. It is also sung in Urdu, the native language of Mr. Malik’s father. That Mr. Malik has inserted a 104-second Urdu love song into the middle of his album of sweaty, smooth R&B is a wink and also a feint — a quick, restrained nod to those in the know, who have been following him for years, that he hasn’t forgotten his past as a Muslim R&B-inclined singer trying to operate with dignity in the unforgiving, often choppy waters of pop’s mainstream.