Saturday, March 21, 2015

Cherish: The Moment Sampler (Reprise Records, 2003)

Advance sampler of Atlanta sister quartet Cherish's shelved release for Reprise Records featuring one full song and three intended album snippets. The album was intended to be released in 2003 but was promptly shelved after the failure of their one and only single, "Miss P." (featuring Da Brat.) This and the following track "Stay With You" were written by Kandi Burruss (formally of the R&B group Xscape.) After almost exclusively working with her former partner Kevin 'She'kspere' Briggs, it is a refreshing change to hear her creations over some different beats which, on this particular occasion, belong to So So Def's Jermaine Dupri. While many girl groups simply faded into obscurity, this quartet got lucky when they were rediscovered in 2006 by Atlanta-based producer Jazze Pha. They eventually went on to release two full-length albums via Capitol Records but the later stuff was not as good as the stuff that went unreleased in my opinion. I may simply be biased as I am not really a big fan of the Crunk R&B that became popular in the mid to late 2000s...

Miss P. (Album Version) (Featuring Da Brat) 4:05
Stay With You (Album Snippet) 1:32
Gimmie Some Space (Album Snippet) 1:43
I Thought I Told You (Album Snippet) 1:34