With the emergence of new jack swing into mainstream R&B culture, hip-hop more than ever was integrated into the collective sound of African-American pop music, all the way down to the smooth-talking ballads. This installment of the Body + Soul series focuses largely on that time period, with contributions from many of the sound's biggest names at the time: Toni Braxton, Boyz II Men (and their mentors, New Edition), SWV, and Jodeci all make appearances. It's a solid compilation with no filler, and a sensible purchase for those looking to have all of the greatest hits of the time period on one disc.
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AllMusic Review by Rob Theakston