Various Artists

80's Urban Beats and Grooves

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The budget compilation '80s Urban Beats & Grooves mostly delivers on what the title promises, offering ten tracks from that decade, including the stripped-down funk balladry of Rick James' "Cold Blooded" and Cameo's "Candy," as well as the urban pop of Oran "Juice" Jones' "The Rain" and the new jack swing of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative." Ready for the World's "Love You Down" and Gwen Guthrie's "Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent" are two of the other standout tracks, although songs by Klique, Angela Winbush, and Joyce Kennedy are pleasant but not especially captivating. Overall, the short length and fair-to-middling song selections on '80s Urban Beats & Grooves make it worthwhile only if you've been looking for one of the songs that appear here and don't want to pay a lot of money for it.

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