Three years after releasing the heavenly midtempo boogie track "Falling in Love" on Salsoul, Surface signed to Columbia and released their first album, a Lover's Lane paradise populated by aching, delicately durable ballads -- "Happy" being the absolute hottest. Few of the ten tracks cannot be classified as slow or slowish, including the decent late-period electro of "You're Fine" and "Lady Wants a Man," as well as the faintly "Falling in Love"-echoing "Feels So Good." Otherwise, it's slow grinding and gentle pleading, none of which is overly dramatic -- not by mid-'80s R&B standards, at least. Between this and the first Keith Sweat, contemporary songwriters and producers aiming to make steamy, electronically enhanced slow jams have several ideas just waiting to be lifted.
AllMusic Review by Andy Kellman