Day Ta Day

Take Your Time

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When Take Your Time came out, it was clear that Day Ta Day wasn't interested in being just another faceless urban contemporary act. Although the all-male Washington, D.C. quintet had toured with Salt-N-Pepa and recorded for the rappers' Jireh label, this was among the least hip-hop-influenced R&B releases of 1996. Flashier R&B artists were incorporating a great deal of rapping at the time, but Take Your Time ignored that trend and drew on such influences as Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder and the Isley Brothers. The resulting album isn't outstanding, but it's satisfying and honest. It's hard to miss the influence of EWF's "Serpentine Fire" on "U Represent," while traces of Philly soul can be heard on the silky "Everything to Me." Ballads and slow jams like "Take Your Time," "Runnin' Back to You" and "So Long, Goodbye" sound organic and heartfelt, and Day Ta Day (whose Lynn Taylor is the nephew of soul veteran Johnnie Taylor) never comes across as a group that favors style over substance.

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