Picks and Pans Review: Hard
The ’90s heyday of R&B male vocal groups such as Boyz II Men, Jodeci and Dru Hill maybe over, but Jagged Edge continues to sing four-part harmonies on its fourth CD. What sounded fresh a decade ago, though, sounds dated here. Jagged Edge doesn’t bring anything new to the genre on respectable but routine slow jams such as the hit first single, “Walked Outta Heaven.” When they pickup the tempo on hiphoppish numbers like “Girls Gone Wild,” an R. Kelly-like attempt to cash in on the video series of the same name, they don’t fare much better. And while Boyz II Men has Wanya Morris, Jodeci had K-Ci Hailey and Dru Hill has Sisqo, this quartet lacks a killer singer to really give them an edge.