The Past, The Present, The Future

The Past, The Present, The Future

by Jodeci


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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. Kelly to Trey Songz, owes a lot to Jodeci. While The Past, The Present, The Future contains some references to the back catalog, as well as a pair of co-productions from Timbaland -- who got his start with Jodeci -- the album isn't overtly nostalgic. "Nobody Wins" features B.o.B., who was a toddler in 1991 and has a much younger fan base, but the song was a bold choice for the album's first single. In stark contrast with commercial hits, it addresses domestic violence. Follow-up single "Checkin' for You" is more in line with '90s Jodeci, a balance between arrogance and romance with the type of harmonizing no one else can deliver. Most of the other songs -- everything was co-written and co-produced by DeVante Swing -- add to the album's legitimacy, and the past and present are indeed woven together throughout. The mostly piano-and-strings ballad "Jennifer," for instance, dates back to the group's formation; in its earliest incarnation, the song was sung by JoJo just before he was brought into the group. "Incredible," though a bit nasally in the chorus, interpolates the S.O.S. Band as effectively as "What About Us" drew from Zapp. No opportunistic cash-in on a legacy, this is a confident, refined return -- a necessary one in a field starving for group harmony singing. It's as solid as a reasonable longtime fan could expect.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/31/2015
Label: Epic
UPC: 0888750710024
catalogNumber: 507100
Rank: 4439

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jodeci   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Bill Meyers   Producer
DeVante Swing   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Dalvin DeGrate   Composer
Timbaland   Producer
Breyon Prescott   Executive Producer
Anita Marisa Boriboon   Art Direction
Marquinarius Holmes   Producer
Bradd Young   Producer
Louis Burrell   Executive Producer
Keyshone Pirtle   Engineer
B.O.B.   Composer,Engineer
L. Banks   Composer
Josh Connolly   Engineer
Ryan McCann   Art Direction
Lajuanna Burrell   Executive Producer

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