Like its two predecessors, Smooth Grooves: New Jack Ballads, Vol. 3 leans toward conventional urban R&B from the late '80s and early '90s instead of the hip-hop-inflected contemporary R&B that came to define new jack R&B. Even if the music on Vol. 2 isn't strictly new jack R&B, it's nevertheless first-rate urban soul, one of the best, most comprehensive discs of its kind on the market, featuring such hits as Mac Band's "Roses Are Red," 52nd Street's "Tell Me (How It Feels)," Guy's "Let's Chill," Dreamboy's "I Promise (I Do Love You)," Timex Social Club's "Thinkin' About Ya," Tawatha's "No More Tears," Mico Wave's "Instant Replay" and Club Nouveau's "Why You Treat Me So Bad."
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine