Picks and Pans Review: Candy Rain

updated 04/17/1995 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/17/1995 01:00AM

Soul for Real

Soul for Real is something else. While hot singing groups such as Boyz II Men and All-4-One dwell on virtuoso vocal glissandos and stiff, air-brushed tunes, Soul for Real's four brothers, whose ages range from 14 to 21, revel in loose, jazzy R&B and offer more human-sounding performances. The current Top 5 hit "Candy Rain" kicks off their debut with a yummy downpour of insinuating funk and a delicious mid-tempo groove. (It's hard to imagine the more calculating Boyz II Men attempting such a spontaneously sexy move.)

And rather than turning on the dome-baby raunch of their rude-boy counterparts in Jodeci and Silk, Soul for Real talk sweet and mostly stick to their upper vocal range. During the slinky toe-tappers "If You Want It" and "I Wanna Be Your Friend" you might even swear you've stumbled across one of their harmonizing sister acts. (Uptown/MCA)

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