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Keith Sweat (1996) – Album Review


Jelisa M.http://melanated-source.com
Jelisa is a lover of all music, but 90's R&B has a special place in her heart. She considers the 90's a groundbreaking era for black entertainment that should be celebrated more. "Music is my love language and movies are my mistress."

 Album Review • After taking the late 80’s by storm, Keith Sweat came into 1996 with his most successful album to date. The success he had with discovering Kut Klose & Silk & producing some of their biggest hits, Keith left a legendary mark in the 90’s. His self titled album is just one of the many reasons Keith is a music legend.

The album starts off with his biggest hit “Twisted” with help from Kut KloseThis is one of those 90’s songs that people either absolutely love or feel is overplayed because it will be played on a throwback R&B station. Surprisingly it is one of those songs that I’m not tired of hearing yet & there are a few I can name but “Twisted” isn’t one. Anything with Keith & Kut Klose will always get a few spins in. They should have made a full album together. 

My previous statement proves that a Keith & Kut Klose collab album would have been clutch. His next biggest hit was “Nobody” with Athena Cage of Kut Klose. Kut Klose & Keith vocals just make sense musically. Honestly Kut Klose vocals make sense no matter who they’re singing beside. Keith covered Slave’s “Just a Touch” & it is the perfect song for his tone. It’s my favorite B-side on the album, ya’ll know I love a good cover of the classics. He had another dope track with Gerald Levert, Aaron Hall, & Buddy Banks titled “Funky Dope Lovin”. It gave me LSG vibes, they were just missing the G.

Overall, Keith put his foot in this album. From the A-1 features & production, this album can be considered a 90’s classic. Keith isn’t a vocalist but he knew his lane in music. He didn’t try to overdo it & I appreciate him for that. One thing you can guarantee is that his pen game is strong. If you watched the Verzuz with him & Bobby Brown then you know. 



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