J Soul Brothers / J Soul Brothers

Release Date: February 25, 2009

Track Listing

  1. J.S.B. Is Back
  2. WE!
  3. FREAKOUT!
  4. IT’S ALRIGHT
  5. let it go
  6. My Babygirl
  7. My Place
  8. FLY AWAY
  9. Be On Top
  10. FASTER,DEEPER, HARDER feat. DOBERMAN INC
  11. Make It Real
  12. Lovers Again
  13. Last Love Song
  14. GENERATION
  15. 24 karats feat. J Soul Brothers and DOBERMAN INC /EXILE
  16. My Buddy part. II / EXILE TAKAHIRO + NESMITH, SHOKICHI (J Soul Brothers)

Review

J Soul Brothers are a group who are affiliated with EXILE.  Both share many qualities including sound, label and number of members (2 singers, 5 performers).  They even shared the same group name as EXILE were once known as the J Soul Brothers from 1999-2001.

The current group of J Soul Brothers consist of vocalists NESMITH and SHOKICHI and performers NAOKI, KEIJI, TETSUYA, NAOTA and KENCHI.  As I stated before their sound is similar to EXILE so if you’ve heard one of their most recent albums you’ll be familiar with what to expect here.

The only difference is that this is a much more straightforward R&B album.  There are a lot of  R&B jams and very few pop flavored songs or ballads to speak of.  I liked that aspect of this album as it showed a different take on an established formula and made this group more distinctive from their predecessors.

This album is full of catchy, slickly produced tracks but there are a couple of  hiccups present.  The first being the take on Lovers Again.  Um… It was nice I guess.  I did like the new beat but the vocals weren’t really doing it for me.

I have never liked 24 karats and hearing it again on this album hasn’t really changed my mind.  I just  think the beat is hot.  The final track (My Buddy) was just lame & I found nothing redeeming about it.

This was better than I had expected.  The more outstanding tracks I found were definitely WE!, It’s Alright, Fly Away and Last Love Song.  Everything else was solid with the exception of the previously mentioned hiccups.