Steve Harvey is a man with a mission. As he explains in the introduction of his compilation album, Sign of Things to Come, "music has got to take a turn. Ya'll got to be tired of all the madness that's been going down in the music business. . ." To his mind, it's hard to find music for the whole family to enjoy but Steve Harvey may have just found it. With Sign of Things to Come, Harvey presents his "picks of the year's hottest in gospel, R&B and hip-hop," and does so with more than just a touch of class. This Original King of Comedy knows his music well and chooses songs that can each and every one be played on the way to or at the family reunion or church, which is certainly a big part of his life.
That said, it's a sort of surprise to hear Mary J. Blige reunited with P. Diddy on "No More Drama." Not that anyone's complaining, and P. Diddy certainly keeps his attitude in check. Blige's voice soars like it has wings. Of the fact that the woman has power -- a lot -- there can be no doubt, and anyone not moved by this performance must surely be comatose.
Carl Thomas gets a sultry groove on with "Sweet Delite." It's a song about meeting a great girl and dancing all night. However deliciously, lusciously sensual it might be, though, there's a propriety only a true gentleman has and that's conveyed throughout the song. That's a great thing to teach the kids and certainly a much needed breath of fresh air.
Kids are a big part of this album. Dejur, in fact, puts on a lovely show in the way of "thank you for my baby." The song "Beautiful Lady" opens with a baby's cry. It's a little sappy but the sentiment is lovely and above all, kind. Warm fuzzies come in bundles on this album.
It's all good, clean fun but family standards never yield to self-righteousness or worse, bad music. Sign of Things to Come is a solid collection of fine musicians making good music that's as comfortable around the grandparents as it is out on the dance floor. That's quite a feat on any level but this album is outstanding.
By Rob Boss
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