Album of the Week: Jodeci "The Past, The Present, The Future"
Sun, 05 Apr 2015 14:02:33
Jodeci really show up on their long-awaited comeback album The Past, The Present, The Future. It’s safe to say if you were a fan back in the day, they deliver on every promise. That’s why we’ve chosen the record as our “Album of the Week.” So, it’s all here tenfold. You’ve got the buttery smooth harmonies from DeVante Swing, K-Ci, JoJo, and Mr. Dalvin. It’s got the ultra-G je ne sais quo that made you feel manly while listening to Jodeci no matter how seductive the songs sounded during classics like Forever My Lady and Diary of a Mad Band. It also flaunts that undeniable sense of soul that the “Bad Boys of R&B” always were able to so eloquently and elegantly manifest when they picked up the mic. So, if you’re a fan, you’re in for a treat. At the same time, for as classic as Jodeci sound on The Past, The Present, The Future, it’s also firmly rooted in 2015, which makes it one of their best offerings yet.
The signature Timbaland production boom adds weight to the robust “Incredible” and “Those Things.” Simultaneously, DeVante’s own behind-the-board style shines through. B.o.B adds a fiery verse to “Nobody Wins,” making for one of the group’s most energetic affairs yet. You can feel Bobby Ray’s reverence as the men on the marquee really take the chorus to new heights. “Sho Out” re-establishes their bravado, illuminating that nobody’s got swagger like them. “Every Moment” illuminates that big heart and those big verses that have been making ladies swoon for decades now.
Also, Mila J brings a decided sexiness to “Body Parts,” a true banger in every sense. We also get some phenomenal vocals from Liana Banks too, rounding out the sound as Jodeci invite new friends into their sphere.
As R&B continually gets more and more futuristic, it’s refreshing to hear something so unabashedly fun as The Past, The Present, The Future. It brings you right back to that feeling of hitting the club for the first time and seeing that special lady. Jodeci always been about that, and thankfully they still are here.
They’ve nailed The Past and The Present, and yet it’s the future that looks the brightest still for the “Bad Boys of R&B.”
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