Their first proper studio album in roughly seven years, Forward is more uptempo and disco-oriented than the slower and slightly funkier Get Used to It. N'Dea Davenport joins the band's core trio once more. While she's in front of only three of the songs, she makes her appearances count; "Sunlight," "Do You Remember," and "Addicted" recall late-'70s Rufus & Chaka Khan and are among the album's standouts.
The Brit funk-soul band’s first record in six years is a solid, if uneven, effort that marks a reunion with N’Dea Davenport. Davenport, the voice of the band’s early, most successful years is joined by newcomer Dawn Joseph, who makes a deep impression on some of the disc’s best tracks (“Lifestyle”). The Heavies hardly veer from their organic party vibe, and it sounds as if the last 15 years in pop music never happened.