One of the several things Soultry has going for it is that it adds slight variations to the now well-worn new jack vocal group formula.There's enough individuality expressed in the vocals and production on their self-titled debut to interest those looking for something fresh in the genre'.This is no doubt in part to the production skills of QD III (aka Quincy Jones' son),Mark Morales (aka Prince Markie Dee) and Jeffrey Allen,Keri Lewis & Stokley of the group Mint Condition. Soultry first gained wide exposure in a national TV spot for Coca Cola.The tender ballad "What I Want" says:"what I want you to understand/I never promised I would be your man/in the beginning it was all explained/I never meant to cause you pain."Where Do Broken Hearts Belong," has an aching lead vocal and group harmonies that recall such Chicago soul vocal groups as Heaven And Earth and The Brighter Side Of Darkness ("Love Jones,").There are the smooth bedroom ballads,"Sex In The Rain," (complete with thunder shower),"Temperature's Climbing" and the romantic "Can I Get To Know You,."The mid-tempo groover,"Relax Your Mind," begins with footsteps amid siren sounds,an unlocking door,the panting of a dog and a short "I'm glad I'm home.."monologue.Soultry in their "Intro," and "Outro," tracks sing "this goes out to the whole world".Give them a listen and you'll be glad you did it!
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AllMusic Review by Ed Hogan