Keith Sweat's sound is hard to resist

December 13, 1991|By J.D. Considine | J.D. Considine,Sun Pop Music Critic


Keith Sweat (Elektra 61216)

Because he helped pioneer the hip hop-powered sound of new jack swing, fans have come to expect a certain amount of rhythmic insistence from Keith Sweat, and his current album, "Keep It Comin'," certainly delivers on that front. Indeed, from the bouncy beats of "Let Me Love You" to the sample-studded groove of the title tune, the album is an almost irresistible inducement to dance. Even so, what makes this music worth returning to isn't the way it swings, but the way Sweat sings. Few soul singers understand how to insinuate themselves into a groove the way this one does, and that -- coupled with the sensual croon he uncorks for ballads like "I Want To Love You Down" -- is enough to make any listener hope Sweat keeps it comin'.

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