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Mind - Is That The Way (1992)

Pop | Author: artmuss | 5-05-2014, 18:42
Mind - Is That The Way (1992)
Artist: Mind
Title Of Album: Is That The Way
Year Of Release: 1992
Label: Ichiban Records / 19011-4130-2
Genre: R&B, Soul, Funk
Total Time: 64:38 min
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: Lossless
Total Size: 448 mb (Covers)

Review by Alex Henderson
When urban producer Gene Griffin parted company with Teddy Riley (his former partner) and formed Griffin Entertainment Group, one could safely assume that some Guy, Keith Sweat, and Bell Biv DeVoe clones would be making a beeline for the studio. New jack swing was red hot in the late '80s and early '90s, and Griffin was determined to profit from the trend as long as he possibly could. One of the acts that Griffin signed to GEG was the Detroit duo Mind, whose debut album, Is That the Way?, is as formulaic as it is predictable. Recorded for Griffin Entertainment Group and distributed by Ichiban, this Griffin-produced CD is by-the-book new jack swing --Aaron Hall and Guy meet Keith Sweat without a trace of originality. But then, originality wasn't what Griffin wanted when Mind recorded contrived new jack swing tunes like "Pop That Thang" (not to be confused with the Isley Brothers' early '70s classic), "Only Man," "Give It Up," and "Right Girl" -- he wanted urban radio airplay at any cost, and he was hoping to duplicate the success of Guy and Sweat. While most of the material is forgettable, Is That the Way? has a few decent tracks. "Touching You" and "Seasonal Lover" aren't masterpieces, but they are pleasant, likable urban contemporary ballads. For the most part, however, Is That the Way? is a perfect example of how homogenized a Griffin project could be in the early '90s.


01 Only Man6:22
02 Touching You ...5:23
03 Meet Me Half Way5:55
04 Is That The Way5:13
05 Right Of Wrong5:56
06 Right Girl4:24
07 Seasonal Lover7:38
08 Give It Up4:34
09 Love Song6:03
10 Exception To The Rule5:32
11 Pop That Thang3:59
12 Take Your Time3:33

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