CD REVIEW: Next
The Next Episode
Rundown: You may know this Minneapolis-based trio from their
three previous R&B hits: "Too Close," "Butter Love"
and "Wifey." The Next Episode is their third album and should
dispel any rumours of the band's break-up after R.L. released a solo album
last year. The new album continues the fusion of smooth rhythm and blues,
gospel harmonies and hip-hop beats.
Key Tracks: The album's first single, "Imagine That,"
is a soulful, contemplative slow jam that will surely find an audience
on nighttime radio. "Do Your Thing" is a disco-flavoured dance
track about a woman on the prowl for a special friend. The upbeat summer
pop song "Feels Good" celebrates relaxing with friends and family
on a sunny day, while a sexy cover of the R&B classic "It's Okay"
keeps the heat turned up.
Sounds Like: The Next Episode meets everyone's
expectations and holds no surprises. The album offers a good mix of slow
ballads and dance tracks. the album also comes with a Parental Advisory,
so consider yourself warned if you are likely to be offended by the "n"
word, explicit sexual lyrics or drug references.