First Listen: Keith Sweat Throws a “Boomerang” To Fans

(October 14, 2018) From the outset of his breakout in the late 1980s with memorable jams like the trendsetting new-jack swinger “I Want Her” and the sultry groove of “Don’t Stop Your Love,” Keith Sweat established himself as a distinctive vocal stylist, if not the most powerful singer on the block. His run of both lovelorn ballads and carnal uptempo tracks throughout the ‘90s—from “Why Me Baby” and “Twisted” to “Make You Sweat” and “How Do You Like It”—cemented a fan base that has remained loyal through his more recent gigs as a producer and quiet-storm DJ.

(October 14, 2018) From the outset of his breakout in the late 1980s with memorable jams like the trendsetting new-jack swinger “I Want Her” and the sultry groove of “Don’t Stop Your Love,” Keith Sweat established himself as a distinctive vocal stylist, if not the most powerful singer on the block. His run of both lovelorn ballads and carnal uptempo tracks throughout the ‘90s—from “Why Me Baby” and “Twisted” to “Make You Sweat” and “How Do You Like It”—cemented a fan base that has remained loyal through his more recent gigs as a producer and quiet-storm DJ.

Sweat’s own albums of the past decade, however, have failed to build upon his musical foundation to any impressive degree. Many of the ballads he delivered on sets like Just Me and Ridin’ Solo felt like rehashes of previous hits with a mild effort made to remain contemporary. So, it’s not a surprise that “Boomerang,” the first single from his upcoming Playing for Keeps CD, doesn’t offer anything new or unexpected, musically or lyrically.

The slow-jam is, in fact, more of a showcase for vocalist Candace Price, who carries the bulk of the song with Sweat graciously taking the backseat. Price’s delivery is a bit reminiscent of Sweat’s former proteges Kut Klose, although not quite as riveting. When Sweat comes in for the second verse, his tone is notably strained and choppy, not quite conveying the intended effect of passion and seduction. Melodically speaking, there are a few decent moments; but the song as a whole, built on recycled passages and unimaginative production, comes and goes without offering anything significantly memorable.

Take a First Listen to “Boomerang” below and let us know what you think…

by Justin Kantor

Keith Sweat feat. Candace Price
"Boomerang"

 

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