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Smooth Grooves: New Jack Ballads, Vol. 2

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Like its predecessor, Smooth Grooves: New Jack Ballads, Vol. 2 leans toward conventional urban R&B from the late '80s and early '90s instead of the hip-hop-inflected contemporary R&B that came to define new jack R&B. Even if the music on Vol. 2 isn't strictly new jack R&B, it's nevertheless first-rate urban soul, one of the best, most comprehensive discs of its kind on the market, featuring such hits as Guy's "Piece of My Love," Ready for the World's "Tonight," Force M.D.'s' "Tender Love," Al B. Sure!'s "Nite and Day," After 7's "Ready or Not," Club Nouveau's "Heavy on My Mind" and Miki Howard & Gerald LeVert's "That's What Love Is."

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