Although it appears on the surface to be as pedestrian and formulaic as the movie it supports, the soundtrack to Sunset Park shows that it is possible to find something worthwhile within a formula. Like all mid-'90s urban R&B/hip-hop soundtracks, Sunset Park is divided between hardcore hip-hop (2Pac, Ghostface Killah and RZA, Mobb Deep, Onyx), smooth R&B (Aaliyah, Xscape and MC Lyte), and music that falls between the two categories (Adina Howard, Queen Latifah). What makes the album noteworthy is the consistent quality of the material. Although there are only a handful of genuinely outstanding tracks on the record, the whole thing flows from beginning to end and delivers on its promise, even if it never delivers more than it promises.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine