Various Artists

New Jack Swing Era

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The new jack swing sound is sorely overlooked in the history of R&B and soul. Maybe this is due to the relative newness of the music in terms of its place in history, but make no bones about it: The new jack swing sound was unique for the brief period of time it ruled the airwaves. This compilation pulls together many of those anthems, and while there's some filler, there's also many a classic so one can easily forgive the filler inclusion. Some of these monster jams include Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative," Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison," and Mary J. Blige's "Real Love." It's two discs and completely thorough, with the odd minor hit inexplicably missing; why put Father MC's "69" on there, but not "I'll Do for You"? The collection gets major points for including Jane Child's "I Don't Wanna Fall in Love." For fans of this music and time period, this is an absolutely essential compilation.

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