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Jasmine didn't do all this alone, of course. Full Force (a quite notable group at the time) was the driving force behind Try Me and Johnny Come Lately, ex-Girlfriend sang backup on Try Me, Branford Marsalis contributed the sultry sax stylings of More Love, and Derrick "Delite" Steven provided the strong rap on Don't Want Money.
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A couple of songs are real highlights. "Another Like My Lover" was the first single and went to #66 on the Billboard Hot 100. It's perhaps the grittiest song on the CD with a very catchy, repeated chorus. The best known song of the collection is "Just Want to Hold You" - a smooth, beautiful ballad that peaked at #34 on the Hot 100 and spent 20 weeks on the chart. "Try Me" was produced by Full Force and did well on the dance chart; it's a rather memorable song. "I Don't Want Money" was produced by Oliver Leiber; he produced Paula Abdul's "Opposites Attract" and appeared on that song as MC Skat Cat. He appears on this song as well, and it has a rather similar feel.
The CD has overtones of R&B, but Jasmine's somewhat thin voice and the bland instrumentation results in more of a jazzy dance feel. The background vocals are also sometimes overly smooth and overpower the music, especially on songs such as "Johnny Come Lately." Because she worked with producers whose sound is very identifiable, the CD ends up sounding very much of its period, although competently executed. Overall, "Jasmine Guy" is enjoyable dance music but rather disposable.
Working with Full Force, of Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam fame, Jasmine pulls off the brash bounce of 'Try Me' with ease. They also provide her with 'Johnny Come Lately', a lesser jam, but still pretty solid as far as the album goes. 'Another Like My Lover' is definitely a personal highlight for me from this album, along with the previously mentioned 'Try Me' and 'Just Want To Hold You'
Most of the songs are weak due to the fact they're lacking in the originality department. They're pretty much the flavor of what was happening in R&B at that time, and it's not really bad, just not as exciting as it could be. The record is now out of print, which makes it quite hard to purchase, but if you're interested you should give a look out, it's a nice enough listen for a throwaway R&B album.
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The entire CD is great! I don't know why she only made one album.Published 9 months ago by Joseph Cole
I can listen to her almost every day to dance and exercise to. One of my favorite singers from the 1990s.Published 18 months ago by Monica Goodwin
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