Picks and Pans Review: This Is How We Do It

updated 05/08/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/08/1995 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Montell Jordan

Last month Montell Jordan took the happy-hour hook and the old jack swing of "This Is How We Do It" all the way to No. 1 on the pop and R&B charts. His debut album may share that hit single's title, but with a few exceptions—including the bluesy twang of "Comin' Home" and an impressively souled-out remake of Teddy Pendergrass's "Close the Door"—it doesn't demonstrate any new moves. That low-rider basso groove on "Somethin' 4 Da Honeyz" sounds like it crawled in from Dr. Dre's outtakes. And when Jordan's pleading baritone rides the bump and grind of the ballads "I'll Do Anything" and "I Wanna," you might think it's R. Kelly behind the wheel. The stale air spreads too: On "Payback," even guest performer Coolio, the quirky rapper with gravity-defying hair, sounds kind of generic. (PMP/RAL)

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