With almost 50 years under their belts, the Isley Brothers have defined classic soul and style for generations.

With almost 50 years under their belts, the Isley Brothers have defined classic soul and style for generations. Still, the brothers Ronald and Ernie continue to evolve on their latest DreamWorks effort. Body Kiss, like 2001's Eternal, is another mature, mood-setting affair that relies heavily both on ballads and Ronald Isley's gangster alter-ego, Mr. Biggs. The Isleys again turn to frequent collaborator R. Kelly for its contemporary sounds. Lead single "What Would You Do?" is a prime example of how the producer knows precisely how to make the Isleys sound current but not contrived. The result is a lush, soulful ballad that showcases Ronald Isley's timeless falsetto. Other album highlights include the seductive title track, which features Lil' Kim, and the surprisingly midtempo "Superstar."—RH

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