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Ol Skool
Ol Skool (Universal Records)

By: ShortyDiva

Hey R&B fans!! Are you in search of a mellow album with good love grooves?! Well, I think I found one for you. It's Ol Skool's new self-titled release on Universal Records, which is executive produced by the love man himself, Mr. Keith Sweat. On this album, these four men from Atlanta (another Atlanta group!) are what male groups should be! They have strong and harmonious vocals, sexy and intimate lyrics with nice background beats. They sing well enough to make a woman daydream about what their verses advocate.

As usual, I will only highlight the better tracks from the album. Their first single off the album and one of my favorites, the ultra-sexy groove, "Set You Free" is so smooth that I often find myself hitting the replay button on this jam. You Gotta Hear It, if you haven't already! "Keep It Coming" is the group following in their mentor, Keith Sweat's footsteps. It's all about what they want to do to please you as a woman. "'Slip Away" is a gorgeous tune with great harmonies by the four, it is all about love. Very nice! "Without You", a smooth groove with such nice lyrics. I know that line sounds really corny, but it's true. I like this song a lot because their aim seems to be the display of pure sentiments about love and appreciation. "Just Between You and Me", is another mellow jam with strong harmonies and good musical effects.

Finally, there is the rendition of the 80's group, Atlantic Star's classic, "Am I Dreaming" which is accompanied by the talented ladies of X-scape. FIERCE, I tell you! They took a classic and did such justice to the retelling of the same story. The vocals, harmonies, beat and mixing is wonderful, another favorite of mine! Through this song I see that one, X-scape still have maintained their skills for belting out a good song and two, the two groups make wonderful music together.

The album I give a strong 4 leaning towards a 5, but not quite. Once their up tempo tracks (the few that were there) get a little stronger and on point, then they will be deserving of being called a classic. Their material is all about love, sensuality and tenderness. Nice for a group just starting out. Pick this album up and surely add it to your late night listening parties. As for the group, keep singing guys, you definitely have that "ol skool" flavor, and that in itself will take you were you want to go.

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