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K-Ci & JoJo - It's Real Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 June 1999
It's Real,
MCA Records
| Performance 7.5 | Sound 8 |

ImageAfter giving this album a listen, it’s tempting to say that this may be as good as it gets from this duo. Although their vocal talents are beyond question, the fact is that once they freed themselves from Jodeci, they also left behind some of the diversity desperately necessary if transcending straight R&B is on their agenda. This album, in and of itself, is very good—even deeper than it seems on the surface, however, it never quite reaches a level of greatness that one might hope for.

Individually, each song is produced, recorded, and performed well, yet, none truly stand out; this is where ‘Real’ disappoints. Albums of this sort, ones that strike a mood and melody from the outset and hold it for sixty minutes (think any of the albums by Sade), need to set a high level of emotion and involvement from the beginning. ‘Real,’ on the other hand, only starts off relatively strong and stays that way. It’s good, not great, and it comes from a duo that is certainly capable of greatness.




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