Thursday, June 3, 2021

"Something Just Ain't Right" by Keith Sweat

Song#:  3513
Date:  05/14/1988
Debut:  97
Peak:  79
Weeks:  5
Genre:  R&B

Pop Bits:  Sweat made quite the impression with his first single "I Want Her." It would be a gold selling #1 R&B/#5 Pop hit. It was taken from his debut LP Make It Last Forever. For a follow-up, this next track was selected for release. It would do well at R&B reaching #5, but it just couldn't gain any ground at Pop and it stalled near the bottom of the chart after a few short weeks. Still, the album continued to sell and by the end of the year it would go double-platinum.

ReduxReview:  This album opener was a good tune, but it just didn't stand out like "I Want You." That hooky track grabbed your attention with its early New Jack Swing style. This song leaned more toward soul and that worked for the R&B chart, but I think folks at pop radio were looking for another groovy NJS track and this one didn't fit the bill.

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  In 1992, Sweat would marry Lisa Wu, a backup dancer who performed with several rap groups including Public Enemy. Wu would eventually be part of a rap group called 19. They apparently were offered a label deal, but it seems that Wu decided it wasn't what she wanted to do and ditched the project. Sweat and Wu would have two childen, but then would divorce in 2002. She later gained fame as a reality show cast member. Wu was on the initial two seasons of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, which began in 2008. At that time she was married to pro football player Ed Hartwell. They had one son prior to divorcing in 2011. Wu would also act in several films and in 2014 was featured on another reality show, Hollywood Divas. She would appear in the first three seasons of that show.


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