Sophomore Effort Falls Short But Hangs Around
Reginald L. Davenport | Springville, UT United States | 02/17/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
""State Of Mind" comes a a slight disappointment, only because the previous album "Foundation" set such a high standard. It's safe to say that Ten City may have peaked too soon! However, there are stil some redeeming tracks on this album. The Marshall Jefferson element is still very present especially in "Destiny". This has the elements that made Marshall one of the hottest producers in the early years -- classic 70's disco sound, real instruments and 'real' lyrics. "Nothing's Changed" is another interesting track. Here we have a salsa groove sombined with the subtle jazz/funk bassline, reminiscent of the sound of Salsoul Records. The other thing here is that we have the instrumental appear three tracks before the vocal; nice teaser! "Superficial People" is the track that will definitely stand the test of time (so much so that it was covered by House icon Kenny Bobien in 2001). In a nutshell the album is not a dance floor-driven project, but it is still has good music and is easy to absorb."