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Album Review

Montell Jordan's fourth album Get It On...Tonite is a mixed bag of intelligently written songs and overbearing clichés. Jordan established himself in the mid-1990s as a surprisingly consistent R&B star with several successful albums, each featuring at least one major hit single. He also established himself as a top-notch songwriter, especially after penning Deborah Cox's unforgettable monster smash "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here." Those reasons make it all the more frustrating when, on his fourth album, Jordan relies so heavily on R&B loverman clichés, with tired "between the sheets" lyrics such as "your body layin' next to mine," "scream and moan," and "kisses down below" permeating way too much of his music ("Can't Get Enough" is beyond tacky). The album, which is divided into two halves (the first being "for those who like it fast," the second being "for those who need it slow,") does include several great tracks, including the irresistible lead off single "Get It On...Tonite" (the single version featured LL Cool J, while the album version is just Jordan), the wonderful story song "Once Upon a Time" (which is also included as a surprisingly well-pronounced Spanish-language bonus track), the fun and funky disco party jam "Come Home," and the Latin/Asian influenced "Maybe She Will." Jordan also employs plenty of female vocalists (á la Luther Vandross) to incredibly pleasing results, and there's no denying his talent in crafting a catchy pop song. If Jordan would lay off the clichès, and concentrate on well-written songs like "Once Upon a Time" then the sky is the limit, but his overbearing reliance on tired lothario lyrics is frustrating for those listeners who are well aware of his potential. As a final note, Jordan includes an adequate cover of Phil Collins' 1984 hit "Against All Odds." ~ Jose F. Promis, Rovi

Customer Reviews

The last one

By the Time this Album was recorded - Montell's Battles with his Label Def Jam had started to become public. Def Jam wanted a heart throb Urban R&B Singer & Montell felt he was the 2nd coming of Marvin Gaye. The problem was both were right... He was a houselold name and and R&B Star - but he seemed to only get one track per album to go over - and 2 out of the 3 had been co-released with Movies - and thus benfited from extra video and promotion budgets - nobody knew for sure if Montell Jordan could sell long term. After shunning Def Jam's production team - Montell Jordan wrote or co-wrote everything on the album except the cover of Phil collins Against All odds. It had to sell for both sides - Montell to prove his point - and Def Jam to bother to resign him to a contract extension. It didn't sell. Get it on tonight got nearly no airplay at all until Def Jam got LL Cool J to record a rap for a remix over a month after it was initially released. And although that remix went multiplatinum as a single and sold more than any other Montell Jordan song - It was attributed entirely to LL cool J Montell was also changing his image - already married with Children - he began wearing glasses and deliberately aging his appearance. Already difficult to shoot because of his 6ft 8 height < He tower's over other artists and Dancers and needed special equipment to shoot him on video's and not dwarf other people.> Def Jam realized they were not going to ever get the hearthrob singer they wanted. It was difficult to tell whom got rid of whom when his contract was not renewed after this album. He had one independant release afterward - Life after Def - that went absolutely nowhere because it was terrible. After that Montell called it a career - A little earlier than anyone of his talent level was expected. This album is whimsical and weak overall - even if the vocal talent was undeniable. Buy it by the track.

Biography

Born: December 03, 1968 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The second R&B artist to sign with Def Jam Recordings, Montell Jordan yielded one of 1995's biggest hits with his debut single, "This Is How We Do It." The L.A. native had begun singing in talent shows and church choirs as a boy, eventually graduating to nightclubs while pursuing an education at Pepperdine University. Following his college graduation, Jordan spent seven years looking for a record deal, which he finally secured after meeting Paul Stewart, the president of PMP Records. Jordan and Stewart...
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Get It On...Tonite, Montell Jordan
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music
  • Released: Nov 08, 1999

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