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Friday, August 14, 2015

Sunday: S/T (Advance CD) (Capitol/Better Place Records, 2000)

Mariah had Allure but few people know that Nippy herself also mentored a girl group during the late 90s. True, they didn't achieve the degree of success as Mariah's girls did - they only ever released one single and their album went sadly unreleased - but their music definitely belongs up there with some of the best that the early
2000s urban-crossover genre had to offer. Signed to Whitney's Better Place Records in the late 90s/early 2000s, the group debuted with the Warryn 'Baby Dub' Campbell-produced I Know in 1999. Despite being quite well received and earning two Soul Train Lady of Soul nominations, this was the last that anybody ever heard of them. Reasons for the their sudden disbandment are too plentiful and ridiculous to go into detail here but their debut LP, featuring production from Warryn 'Baby Dub' Campbell, Soulshock & Karlin and Rodney Jerkins was 'shelved' and they have stayed in the shade ever since (though the lead singer Shakira Atily was quick to pay tribute to Houston on learning of her passing in 2012.) Nippy's influence can be heard throughout the set, particularly during the vocal runs and softer falsetto notes. Overall an excellent album and yet another one to add to the ever-growing list of abandoned projects...
At first glance, this attractive quintet from New Jersey may seem like a carbon copy of Destiny's Child, but after a quick listen to Sunday's debut, you know that the band is something a little different. Sunday is a remarkably mature debut, with each of the group's members displaying amazing gospel-influenced vocals. Along with its considerable vocal gifts, the group also wrote most of the material on the album. Many of the tracks on the album were produced by R&B heavyweights like Rodney Jerkins and Soulshock & Karlin, and feature the right mix of hard beats and sweet harmonies. Tracks like "I'm Taking Your Man" and "I Know" are irresistible dancefloor fillers while slower ballads like "Everything's Alright" hit all the right emotional chords. With this impressive debut, Sunday blends the swagger of youth with the confidence of a veteran.- Allmusic

I'm Takin' Your Man 3:57
Me For Me 3:58
Somebody Else 3:56
Fed Up 4:22
Make It Hot 4:09
All Of A Sudden 4:49
I Know 4:09
What Am I Gonna Do 4:19
Alone 4:43
Everything's Alright 4:43
Believe In Love 5:02