Picks and Pans Review: Body Kiss

updated 05/12/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/12/2003 AT 01:00 AM EDT

The Isley Brothers featuring Ronald Isley, a.k.a. Mr. Biggs (DreamWorks)

R. Kelly has become an honorary Isley Brother. First he contributed three songs to the Isleys' 1996 album Mission to Please; then he wrote and produced their 2001 comeback hit "Contagious." Now the prolific Kelly has written and produced 11 of 12 tracks as well as supplied guest vocals on the Isleys' latest effort in their 48-year career. Not surprisingly, the respectable result sounds like a cross between a Kelly CD and a vintage Isley Brothers disc. One cut, "Showdown Vol. 1," is even a different version of a song that originally appeared on Kelly's latest, Chocolate Factory. At times Body Kiss tries a little too hard to be contemporary, bringing in Snoop Dogg and Lil' Kim for guest raps. But the Isleys, led by Ronald's buttery falsetto, can still do their thing on their trademark slow jams and refreshingly retro midtempo numbers such as "Superstar," which cleverly updates their 1973 hit "That Lady (Part 1)."

BOTTOM LINE: A sound Body

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