Soul Generation

Battle of the Bands: Round 3

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Sequel Records pits two popular East Coast groups in a mythical musical confrontation. Soul Generation comes out jabbing with their Ebony Sound recordings with two B-sides -- "Mandingo Woman" and "Young Bird" -- the only omissions. They rely heavily on a candy falsetto and use a more pleasing second tenor sparingly. "Body & Soul" is sugary and over-arranged, but the saccharin works on "Praying for a Miracle," "Million Dollars," "Wait So Long," and the Young Rascals' "Ray of Hope." Answering the bell with more firing power, fueled by member Glenn Dorsey's songs, and a more charismatic falsetto, the Joneses win this match hands down with pleasers like "Baby (There's Nothing You Can Do)," "Pretty, Pretty," "Mary, Mary," and "Pull My String." The Joneses don't subject you to falsetto overkill and feature a second tenor on many songs.

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