Former Midnight Star frontman Reggie Calloway and his brother Vincent returned to the spotlight, after years of writing and producing for R & B star Teddy Pendergrass, as Calloway. LET'S GET SMOOTH compiles the duo's best songs, including "I Wanna Be Rich" and "Major Love".
Liner Note Author: Lewis Dene.
This 15-track retrospective gathers the highlights from Calloway's two early-'90s albums, All the Way and Let's Get Smooth. The collection ranges from new jack-meets-quiet storm ballads like "Let's Get Smooth" -- which appears in both interlude form and in its original version -- "Sugar Free," and "I Want You," to melodic, poppy songs such as "I Wanna Be Rich," to the harder-edged, relatively funky "Sir Lancelot," "Freaks Compete," and "Work Hard." Calloway proves that it's almost equally adept at each side of its sound, but a slight facelessness pervades most of the material. All of the tracks here sound good, which makes sense since the group is the brainchild of two producers, but it lacks that extra something that could make its music truly outstanding. The smooth, lush productions that the Calloway brothers come up with give a slight edge to their group's romantic side; even on its covers, Calloway sounds more in its element doing "La La La (Means I Love You)" than "Family Affair." Despite the somewhat generic quality of the material here, Let's Get Smooth: The Best of Calloway is a thoughtfully assembled collection that fans will appreciate, especially since the group's albums are out of print. ~ Heather Phares