Following in the footsteps of group member Nelly's solo material, the St. Lunatics offer more party anthems on their debut, Free City. The St.

Following in the footsteps of group member Nelly's solo material, the St. Lunatics offer more party anthems on their debut, Free City. The St. Louis-based group—which, in addition to Nelly, includes Ali, Kyjuan, Murphy Lee, and silent hypeman Slo Down—first put its hometown on the musical map via Nelly's multi-platinum Country Grammar. True to form, "Midwest Swing," the album's first single, keeps things bobbing along with a sing-songy hook that's as infectious as those on Nelly's chart-climbing solo singles. The appropriately titled "Summer in the City" keeps the party going with head-nodding beats and rhythms, courtesy of Jason "Jay E" Epperson, who also produced tracks on Country Grammar. Crooner Brian McKnight makes a memorable appearance on the R&B-inflected "Groovin' Tonight." To their credit, and as evidenced by the many potential chart-climbers here, the St. Lunatics surely know a radio-ready hit when they hear one.—RH