JAM Magazine CD Review

September , 2010
Review by Ken Martin

Dru Hill

"InDRUpendence Day"

Label: Kedar Entertainment

We've witnessed it many times before. An artist departs for a 5 year or so sabbatical, and then returns to the R&B arena only to offer an album that does not offer half the finesse and style that its antecessor albums once prevailed. Whitney Houston did it earlier this year, and now Dru Hill has regrettably joined the same catastrophic list. When an artist's archived music far outweighs their new music, that is a clear indication of stunted qualitative growth. Unfortunately, it appears that Dru Hill reached their peak in 1998, and their stunt in 2010, with the release of their new album InDRUpendence Day.

If you bought this album with the anticipation that you would hear Sisqo and Jazz rip up the mic with their unique and soulful voices, then you will find yourself sadly disappointed. Perhaps the departure of Woody, or the addition of Tao, is what has thrown the balance of one of the top rated male singing groups of all time off. Whatever the case may be, Dru Hill is obviously not the same.

The lyrics fit perfectly for the most part. They were sexy, provocative, and stimulating. However, the melodies just did not match the lyrics. Instead of hearing a lot of strong leading vocals, as Sisqo usually provides, the album was primarily built upon generic melodies, that would fit wonderfully in a church choir, or with a group of Christmas carol door knockers. There were no sexy love songs, no incredibly nice slow jams, and no tracks worth remembering. It's obvious that the quartet still has magnificent individual voices, but for some unwise reason they were just not utilized. It appears that the blame lies mainly on the "producers", and the song choices. This album was out on shelves two weeks before I was made aware of it, and it's understandable why I heard no one talking about it.