Picks and Pans Review: Get Up on It

updated 07/11/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 07/11/1994 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Keith Sweat

Attention, record shoppers: There's a red-light special going on over in the R&B section. Lead by salacious sex shouters like R. Kelly, soul artists are now embracing lyrics of such carnal candor they would make Dr. Ruth blush. For singers like Keith Sweat, known for a tamely romantic brand of crooning, this overt eroticism presents a challenge. But one glance at the song titles on his latest album—"Grind on You," "Come into My Bedroom" and "Feels So Good"—and it's clear that Keith is keeping up with the times.

Other than tossing his hat in with R&B's nasty boys, however, Sweat hasn't changed much on his latest opus. You still get two excellent songs: in this case, the bump-and-grind of "How Do You Like It?" and the title track, a steamy duet with Kut Klose. And, as usual, the gems are surrounded by a batch of slickly produced, musically flaccid grooves. There is one new twist: Sweat devotes one cut to reciting a benediction to all those who made the record possible, from his engineer to his managers and to guest rapper Left Eye of TLC (recently arrested for burning down the Atlanta mansion of her boyfriend, Andre Rison). Hey, Keith, save it for the liner notes like everyone else. (Elektra)

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