Atlanta natives Jagged Edge dropped their eight studio album, JE Heartbreak II, last week. Now you all already know that I am not a fan of artists making sequels to classic albums, I would rather well enough be left alone. The reason I don’t like it is because it is very hard to replicate a classic album, and there will always be that comparison. This new JE album is the sequel to 2000’s JE Heartbreak, which was JE’s breakout album. 14 years later JE decided they wanted to make a part II. The album has 13 songs and it is executive produced by Jermaine Dupri for So So Def Recordings.
The great thing about Jagged Edge is that they don’t stray too far from the formula that made them R&B superstars, they have learned their audience. While this is a great thing, it also keeps JE in a box, and many of their songs sounds the same. With that being said, I love the majority of their musical catalog it is good R&B music and I just expect this from JE, it actually works for them. What I am trying to say is don’t expect a drastic change in their sound, they are pretty much set in their ways musically. JE works very well with Jermaine Dupri, it’s almost like he just gets them. Adding Bryan Micheal Cox to the mix doesn’t hurt either.
When I first heard the first single from the album, Hope, I was excited for the album. The song is a slow ballad on which the fellas sing about a plan to help their women put their hope back in them. This single is classic JE, and I am HERE for it. The album open with an Intro that speaks to the state of R&B, basically if you don’t have hottest rapper of the moment on your R&B song, the radio doesn’t see it for you, which I totally agree with. It sucks but it’s the truth, we oftentimes we miss out on good music as a result of this. On, Future, we find the guys showing their maturity and growth into men on this slow song they harmonize about seeing their future in their lady’s eyes. I liked this song. Familiar, is in the vein of Where The Party At, I like this uptempo song that samples a classic Biggie lyrics it is one of my favorites on the album. I could hear this playing in the club, and honestly this should be the third single, it is very radio friendly.On, Things I Do For You, JE wants you to know not to be concerned with the things they do for their respective women, because it is ain’t none of your business. They let this be known on this mid-tempo song. I don’t hate the song, but I don’t love it either, but it does speak to a real issue.Love Come Down, is my favorite song off the album. This smooth slow has been added to the “Sexcellent” playlist. I am sure this song will help you with making your significant other’s love come down!
On, It’s Been You, another slow one,the fellas sing about finally realizing the grass is not greener on the other side. The subject matter of this song is some real shit! I enjoyed this song. Wanna Be(Romeo), is a mid-tempo, which I really wasn’t feeling it, but I don’t hate it. Getting Over You, puts me in the mindset of an Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes(The Whole Town’s Laughing) the old school track paired with JE’s vocals is magic making this my another favorite song of mine. Ready, serves as the second single from the album finds the guys finally ready to be in love, again another real issue. I love this song because it is again vintage JE. Make It Clear, sounds like something that I heard earlier on the album, it wasn’t one of my favorites, it was just okay for me. No Half Steppin, is another slow song that sounds like something I heard already, but I can listen to it. Posters(We Stay On One), honestly could have been left off the album, but I guess JE felt they had to give us a hip hop-esque track. I wasn’t a fan of this track.
The album as a whole is good, JE stays in their lane with this. They don’t stray far from a formula that has worked for them for 6(
8)albums now. I can honestly say that I don’t mind this album being a part two. The album picks up where JEHB left off. The songs show that fellas have grown and matured into grown men with grown men responsibilities(wives & children). It makes complete sense because the majority of their fan base is in their mid 30’s doing the same exact thing. I can’t say that I have ever been disappointed with a JE album, except for maybe the last two albums they released. I think these albums didn’t really resonate with me because they felt like JE was trying to do what was popular at the time and that just doesn’t work with a group like JE. This is because they have laid a good foundation with their previous albums, and we just expect a certain sound from them. If you enjoy R&B, then I think that you will enjoy this album, I definitely did. It is worth a listen. As always form your own opinion about music and in general.
Final Rating 3/5
Whut say you?