Release Date: Mar 31, 2015
Record label: RCA
HARMONY GROUPS have a heightened bond. Lose one member and you kill the dynamic. That explains part of why the first album that reunites the four singers of Jodeci in two decades feels so satisfying. “The Past, The Present, The Future” reconstitutes a particular blend of voices that helped define early 1990s R&B.
It would have been irrational to expect Jodeci to make as big as splash with a 2015 album as they did with Forever My Lady. Since that 1991 debut, the group had a major ripple effect on their genre that had yet to cease when the group reconvened. Every R&B singer who portrayed himself as a lustful player, as well as those who were inspired merely by gorgeous ballads like "Come & Talk to Me" and "Love U 4 Life," from R.
It’s not always fun to watch storied musicians prepare a comeback after years, or even decades, out of the limelight. In the case of Jodeci, the news was more encouraging: more than just a nostalgia act, the groundbreaking '90s R&B group were one of the original purveyors of male ratchet. There would be no Chris Brown or PARTYNEXTDOOR if DeVante Swing, K-Ci, JoJo and Mr.
It took me a few bars into Jodeci’s first album in 20 years to realize it wasn’t the Empire soundtrack. Then it struck me: Jodeci isn’t copying anything from the Lyon family discography. Modern R&B owes just about everything to K-Ci, JoJo, DeVante, and Mr. Dalvin. Jodeci hasn’t released a ….
It’s a shame how a moment you’ve been waiting for for so long finally comes and when it does, you nearly miss it due to newfound indifference. I have waited for a new Jodeci album since I went into my sister’s box of CDs and took her copy of The Show, the After-Party, the Hotel. I have obsessed over Jodeci since I was child (full disclosure: I was barely alive when their first album was released).
A few months ago the soul savant D’Angelo released a new album, “Black Messiah,” some 14 years after his previous one, “Voodoo.” On its own, it was an accomplishment, but it was also a reminder of many things that today’s R&B mainstream lacks: political engagement, the warmth and tension of a live band, a voice with fascinating crevices. Just as R&B badly needs D’Angelo’s righteous howl, it also needs K-Ci Hailey’s ecstatic wail. Mr.