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Diary of a Mad Band
Jodeci
Diary of a Mad Band
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, R&B
 
Much of the thrill of soul balladry is hearing a singer, especially a male singer, overcome the cultural emphasis on toughness and self-sufficiency and confess the most vulnerable of desires. In this hip-hop era of exagger...  more »

      
   
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All Artists: Jodeci
Title: Diary of a Mad Band
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 3
Label: Mca
Original Release Date: 12/21/1993
Release Date: 12/21/1993
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, R&B
Styles: Dance Pop, Contemporary R&B, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 008811091521, 0008811091521, 0008811101923, 008811091514, 008811091521

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Much of the thrill of soul balladry is hearing a singer, especially a male singer, overcome the cultural emphasis on toughness and self-sufficiency and confess the most vulnerable of desires. In this hip-hop era of exaggerated toughness, there are greater obstacles to overcome and thus the potential for even more thrilling revelations. DeVante Swing, the mastermind behind the male vocal quartet Jodeci, seizes that potential more than once on the group's new album, Diary of a Mad Band. The group shares the vocal responsibilities, but the credits on nine of the album's 13 tracks read, "Music and Lyrics by DeVante Swing; Vocal arrangement: DeVante Swing; DeVante Swing: All Instruments." Thus the challenge of juggling romantic vulnerability with street credibility comes down on DeVante's 23-year-old shoulders. He fumbles the ball on a few occasions--the dumb, juvenile demands for sex on "You Got It" and "Sweaty"--but more often than not he comes through with soul ballads in the classic mode, revealing the tender heart beneath the thickened skin. The first single, "Cry for You," harkens back to the slow hymns of Jodeci's church backgrounds; the singers promise, "I would get on my knees for you," and the dizzying free fall of the melody underscores the total surrender of the lyrics. The next single, "Feenin'," is a similar confession, but it's juiced up with tape-reverse percussion sounds, a Zapp-like vocorder riff and a gruff lead set against angelic harmonies. Even "Ride & Slide" and "Alone," rather frank sexual propositions, have the good grace to plead rather than demand; they even promise detailed attention to female erogenous zones. At its best, Jodeci is the most promising soul harmony group of the hip-hop generation. --Jeffrey Himes

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NEOSOUL06 | Atlanta, Ga. | 05/09/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This cd came out in like 1993 and I met this female in Atlanta named Kim who was fine as all outdoors! Anyway, she told me I reminded her of Jodeci and let's just say...it was on & poppin! All that to say, this cd was the best one Jodeci came out with and it will live and receive airplay in my cd player for many days to come. It is a must for anyone's slow jam collection. NEOSOUL06"