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Album Review

Jody Watley's popularity dipped drastically in the '90s, forcing her into the position of making her Atlantic debut, Flower, something of a comeback record. Watley decided to go all the way with the record, hiring an all-star cast of producers — Malik Pendleton (SWV, Mary J. Blige), Phil Galdston (Vanessa Williams), Masters at Work, Dwayne Wiggins (Tony! Toni! Tone!), Derrick Edmondson, Bryce Wilson (Groove Theory) — that help bring her sound into the mainstream of the late '90s. Flower presents a more mature Watley, one more concerned with well-crafted, seductive urban soul than dance-pop. It's an attractive sound and, surprisingly, her vocals are rich and nuanced, giving the music the treatment it deserves; she's never sounded better or more assured. Since Watley and the production are both alluring, it's a shame that the songs aren't deserving of such loving treatment. Only a handful of cuts, such as the Pendleton-produced single "Off the Hook," are actually strong, memorable songs, but that doesn't hurt the album considerably because the sound of the record is appealing on its own terms.

Customer Reviews

Hidden JeWel

Flower was not released in the United States. Probably because it's a change of pace for Jody. JW slows things down on this album but she's never been in better voice than on "Off The Hook" and "If I'm Not in Love". There are a couple of really good songs here: "Off The Hook", "I Don't Want You Back", "A Lifetime"

The Queen of Smoothe turns it out !

Jody Watley delivers everytime ! This collection is classic JW, bringing the hot R&B groove that we all love with her deliciously infectious vocals bringing the songs to life. My favorite track is Flower, followed closely by No More Tears to Cry....just because I love the hot base grooves and the beautiful harmonies. This cd is NOT 80's Jody Watley, but an artist evolved into a sophisticated R&B groove master. I am never disappointed with a JW project. It's a shame that it is July 29, 2008 and this music is just not being made available here in America when it was set o be released in 1998 !! Anyway, it's here for us to love now. GET IT :)

Jody at her best....

I wish Jody would do another album/cd like this..This was such a wonderful project.


Born: January 30, 1959 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Grammy Award-winning vocalist/producer/songwriter Jody Watley made a name for herself with the dance-soul trio Shalamar before embarking on a solo career that would bring her numerous Top Ten hits and a reputation as "The Queen of Cool." Watley was born in Chicago, IL, on January 30, 1959, but grew up in Los Angeles. Jody's teenage gig as a dancer on Soul Train would lead to a meeting with the hit TV show's booking agent, Dick Griffey. Along with fellow singers Jeffrey Daniels and Gerald Brown, Watley...
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Flower, Jody Watley
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Rock, Dance
  • Released: Mar 31, 1998

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