Picks and Pans Review: The Isley Brothers

UPDATED 05/29/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/29/2006 at 01:00 AM EDT

Baby Makin' Music


With classic slow jams like "For the Love of You," "Footsteps in the Dark" and "Between the Sheets," the Isley Brothers were doubtlessly responsible for a spike in the population in the '70s and early '80s. Recent releases have demonstrated that the veteran R&B group—which now consists only of lead singer Ronald and his guitarist-brother Ernie—has not lost its baby-making mojo. Fresh but familiar, the Isleys' latest seduces the listener with its sumptuous sound (produced by contemporary hitmakers like Jermaine Dupri and frequent collaborator R. Kelly) and Ronald's sublime falsetto, which takes even the more mediocre material to a higher place.
[stars 3]

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