Music Review • “Don’t talk, just listen.” I don’t know what it is, but when I hear those 4 words I get chills every time! When Jodeci first stepped onto the music scene, they were that missing piece of the boy band era that we didn’t know we needed.1991 is the year that started the term “your attraction to toxic men is when you chose Jodeci over Boyz II Men.” LOL! Do ya’ll think that’s true?
Jodeci set the music game on fire with their debut album “Forever My Lady”. They gave us “Stay“, “Come & Talk to Me” & “Forever My Lady” which set the tone for the album. Al B. Sure & Devante Swing were the mastermind producers behind this project. Flowers must be given to these two because they were a big part of 90’s productions & people don’t realize it. They were heavily influenced by Teddy Riley’s new jack swing sound in all their up-tempo records on this album.
If I had to choose my favorite song from this album, it’s a no brainer that “Stay” is it. Soon as the beat drop, I’m hitting my 90’s kick stump move. Just let me dust off my black military boots & I’m ready to make a video. What catches my ear with this song are the background vocals. The blend of K-Ci & JoJo vocals is *chefs kiss*. The remix of “Come & Talk to Me” is my favorite because who was on them keys? They made that intro what it is today! Puffy using that EPMD “You’re a Customer” sample was pure genius! This is when a remix was produced into an entire different song & not just adding a rapper to it.
“Forever My Lady” will always be “Forever Sheneneh” thanks to Martin. There is no way you can listen to this song without having a flashback or actually singing that version. I don’t think I’ve ever heard a song start with “so you’re having my baby” but it’s Jodeci, they always give us some of the best intro one liners. This song is also the reason why I give the King of “OOOHH YAAA!” to K-Ci. There is something about his rasp that gives it that extra seasoning that’s already on it.
If you need a good album with a quality mix of ballads & new jack swing sound, then this is the album for you. Once you get to the 2nd half of “Forever My Lady” it sounds like a completely different album compared to how it starts which is how an album should be. It should feel like you paid the price of 1 album but getting 2.
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