Finally, there’s an album out of the fray that manages to live up to its claim. R&B doesn’t always give you occasion to whoop it up, but when Sony bundles a couple of more recent tracks with cunningly-selected numbers from their past days of glory, there’s reason to be happy!
The album has that unmistakable groove - the trademark of any hip-hop artist worth his or her hype. Destiny’s Child’s "Say My Name’, Craig David’s "Fill Me In" (the one with all the right moves), and Kandi’s "Don’t Think I’m Not" are among the front liners, with tracks dating back to 2000. Older - but no less sweeter - are Diana King’s "Ain’t Nobody", Des’re’s "You Gotta Be", Bill Wither’s "Lovely day" and the Isley Brothers’ "Summer Breeze".
Will Smith’s "Miami Mix" would have blended better in its true form, not this hyper-active party strain, but Jennifer Lopez’s "If You Had My Love" is top of the line.This article was first published on 15 Dec 2001.