After two albums with Windham Hill, the Braxton Brothers—bassist Nelson and saxophonist Wayne—are staples on the smooth jazz/new adult contemporary front.

After two albums with Windham Hill, the Braxton Brothers—bassist Nelson and saxophonist Wayne—are staples on the smooth jazz/new adult contemporary front. Now with a new label, the twins have decided to shake things up a bit. Having opened for the likes of the Whispers, Eric Benét, and Teena Marie, the duo is now eyeing the mainstream urban market. This third album fuses both sides of the Braxtons' musical personalities: smooth jazz and R&B/ neo-soul. The result is a pleasing mix of instrumentals—flavored with the brothers' signature style of smooth melodies and spirited bass—and urbanized vocal tracks featuring refreshing turns by such promising San Francisco Bay Area talent as Ledisi, Seabron Sawyer, and Martin Luther. Standout cuts include the easy ballad "So Divine," the mellow-jamming "Stop Sayin' That," and the syncopated "Better Than Nothing?"—GM

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