Having battled under-appreciated solo sets and throat surgeries, R&B trio Next returns with its J Records debut, The Next Episode.
Having battled under-appreciated solo sets and throat surgeries, R&B trio Next returns with its J Records debut, The Next Episode. RL, Tweet, and T-Low once again follow their successful recipe of sweet harmonies and sensual lyrics that helped them score on their two previous albums, Rated Next and Welcome to Nextasy. Lead single "Imagine That" has a light and airy feel that showcases the members' vocal skills, and fellow R&B crooner Jaheim teams with them on "Your Love Is." The midtempo track, which compares the love of a woman to the finer things, is a radio-ready hit that may remind fans of Next's "Wifey," which topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart two years ago. Other highlights include the Hill Street Blues-inspired "Feels Good," "It's Okay," and "Do Your Thing." The Next Episode walks that fine line between sensuality and pure sexuality with a swagger all its own.—RH