"A Jagged Era"
Mikeisha Best | Mitchellville, Maryland United States | 08/16/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Jermaine Dupri introduced us to Jagged Edge in 1998. Their debut, "A Jagged Era" had a decent amount of success, propelled by their first and only single from this album, the amazing track, "Gotta Be." After this album, they become much more popular with this like "Promise", "Let's Get Married", "Where the Party At" and "What's it Like?" They were out around the same time as Dru Hill and 112, and, personally, I preferred Dru Hill and 112 over them, but these gentlemen are remotely talented nonetheless. They each have good singing voices, but their best attribute is definitely their unified harmony.
This album is ten tracks long; it's definitely just a decent disc. There is no groundbreaking material, no truly profound lyrics and Jermaine Dupri does nothing new as far as the production is concerned. However, there are a few good moments that may compel you to press the rewind button. In short, the best songs here are "Gotta Be", "Funny How" and "The Rest of our Lives." Each of these songs are about love and the men of Jagged Edge do a great job with their vocal synchronicity. Many people who are in love can relate to the words in "Gotta Be." This song is just a testament to your lover that you just have to be the one they love. It's pretty deep, especially if you have been in love. This is one of their best songs to date. "Funny How" has great melody from beginning to end. The guitar and drum really compliment each other here, also. "Addicted to Your Love" sounds a little like Erykah Badu's hit, "Bag Lady", but this song came out first, so apparently Badu has been listening to her share of Jagged Edge CDs. This song is about a woman who makes a man feel so great that he is simply addicted to her.
Jagged Edge needs to work on making their albums better. They need less filler. I recommend this album to fans of the group, but to hear JE at their best, invest in "Jagged Little Thrill." Neither are masterpieces, but that album has something for all R&B fans. 3 stars.
Mikeisha's Top 5
"The Rest of our Lives"
"The Way That You Talk"