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R&B - Released October 26, 2018 | Red Music

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R&B - Released January 13, 2004 | Rhino - Elektra

The Best of Keith Sweat: Make You Sweat compiles most of the tracks that made R&B crooner Keith Sweat one of the most popular and influential of the '90s new jack swingers. Along with Teddy Riley, Tony! Toni! Toné!, and Bell Biv Devoe, Sweat defined the forward-looking but history-mindful new jack sound that combined old-school aesthetics with hip-hop rhythms. Culled from all five of his consecutive number one R&B albums, the tracks here include such ubiquitous radio hits as "I Want Her" and "Make You Sweat" along with stellar singles including "Nobody" and solid album cuts like "My Body." This is steamy, funky, and sexy music that spawned myriad imitators in the '90s. ~ Matt Collar
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R&B - Released July 22, 2016 | RAL - Sony Music Entertainment

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Keith Sweat's first studio album since 2011 arrived as the singer's syndicated radio program, The Sweat Hotel, was approaching its tenth year. It could be deduced that the gig has sharpened Sweat's ears and pen, as Dress to Impress features his best round of songs in well over a decade. Beside a small cast of writing and production associates that includes Wirlie Morris and Derek Allen, Sweat focuses on romance and emotional connection. The album sounds fresh while drawing from numerous eras, just as the Sweat Hotel playlist roams from decade to decade. Most exemplary is "Just the 2 of Us," a duet with Takiya Mason that skillfully fuses classic Philly soul and "Make It Last Forever" without being too indebted to either one. As on the previous couple albums, background vocalists provide a lot of support, and Sweat's leads, more than ever, are about feeling more than technical prowess. Silk and Dru Hill, two groups whose success was due in part to Sweat's efforts, appear on separate tracks. The former enhance "Tonight," a sparkling traditional ballad co-written by Charlie Wilson. Speaking of legends, the pleading "Let's Go to Bed" concludes the album with a previously unutilized vocal from Gerald Levert. With its stream-fishing quantity of songs notwithstanding -- 16 cuts, well over an hour in duration -- Dress to Impress fulfills its intent. ~ Andy Kellman
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R&B - Released October 26, 2004 | Rhino - Elektra

In a way, it's ironic that an album entitled Keith Sweat is crammed with guest stars, thereby attracting attention away from the man himself. No matter. Sweat turns in a typically stylish and sophisticated set of urban soul and new jack swing, all highlighted by his silky singing. Sweat's main talent is for smooth ballads, and Keith Sweat is filled with excellent selections, including the seductive "Come with Me," which features guest vocals by Ronald Isley. The album does bog down a bit with uneven material, but its high points are as captivating as any of Sweat's previous work. ~ Leo Stanley
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Dance - Released February 6, 2007 | Rhino - Elektra

When Keith Sweat first appeared, some folks didn't know what to make of him because of his unique style. Like Teddy Riley, Sweat was a pioneer of new jack, the genre that helped lay the foundation for the R&B/hip-hop and street music of the '90s. On his first album of the 21st century, Didn't See Me Coming, the singer showcases his versatility and adaptability. The sinewy "Whatcha Like" seductively slinks along. The softly chugging "Real Man" has Sweat singing to a woman who's out to get his ends that "you wouldn't know a real man if he was staring in your face." "Caught Up" is a vintage Keith Sweat slow jam with its "I was played" theme and its on this track the singer's vocal maturity is probably most apparent. Sweat supplies the album with some of his trademark "beggin'" songs in "Only Wanna Please You" and "Why U Treat Me So Cold." Lil Mo shares vocals with the singer on the "lonely superstar" duet ballad, "I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)." Sweat duets with David Hollister on the "money can't buy ya love"-themed "Don't Have Me." After five platinum albums (three of which went multi-platinum), two gold singles (four number one R&B, two Top Ten pop), and this fine addition, those who didn't see Keith Sweat coming will have "to recognize." ~ Ed Hogan
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Dance - Released June 28, 1994 | Rhino - Elektra

After scoring massive success with his first two albums, Make It Last Forever and I'll Give All My Love to You, Keith Sweat's third album, Keep It Comin', signaled something of a creative and commercial slump for the new jack pioneer, which continued through 1994's Get Up on It. However, Get Up on It is not a bad album by any means. In fact, the set is classic Keith Sweat, filled to the brim with the pleading ballads that made this Harlem crooner so popular. Sweat began to utilize female background vocals, courtesy of Kut Klose, to full effect on this album, especially on the hit title track (one of the album's shining moments), a trend that he perfected on his huge 1996 self-titled comeback album. So Get Up on It finds Sweat in a stage of transition, leaving the formula that began to grow stale on Keep It Comin' and beginning to feature female backing vocals at center stage, somewhat similar to what Barry White and Luther Vandross had done before him. Get Up on It churned out two other singles, the up-tempo yet slightly unimaginative "How Do You Like It?" (which, as the set's lead single, didn't really work to catapult the album to massive early sales) and the big ballad "When I Give My Love," which is pure Keith Sweat. Other standouts include "Put Your Loving Through the Test," featuring the late Roger Troutman, and "Telephone Love." For fans of classic Keith Sweat, R&B ballads, and mid-tempo grooves, this album will do, although it doesn't rank as one of the more essential pieces in this artist's enduring catalog. ~ Jose F. Promis
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Dance - Released October 26, 2004 | Rhino - Elektra

The glut of faceless, interchangeable new jack swing artists plaguing urban contemporary radio in the early '90s served one useful purpose: they reminded you how exciting the originators of the style (Guy, Bobby Brown, and Keith Sweat, among others) could be. When Sweat's overdue sophomore effort, I'll Give All My Love to You, was released in 1990, it exposed countless new jack automations for the unimaginative frauds they were. Though not quite as strong as 1987's Make It Last Forever, this is a respectable disc that sounds consistently heartfelt and sincere. The hard electro-funk groove of "Make You Sweat" is likable enough, but ballads and slow jams like "Just One of Them Things" (a duet with Gerald LeVert), "I Knew That You Were Cheating," and "Merry Go Round" are where the Harlem native really shines. For all its high-tech production gloss and use of hip-hop elements, this self-produced CD reminds you that Sweat is quite aware of the great soul music of the 1970s. ~ Alex Henderson
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R&B - Released September 22, 1998 | Elektra Records

While most R&B lovermen, except for the very elite few who are able to cross generations, fall apart after a few years of serving up bedroom-ready mood warmers, Keith Sweat is still capable of making decent records a decade into his career. He knows the secret of a good slow-groove album: seduction on the most intimate of levels. And on Still in the Game, Sweat goes one-on-one with his audience, playing into their hearts and souls with his typically smooth-croon grandeur. It all sounds a bit familiar (as well as a bit programmed) -- and the Jermaine Dupri, Erick Sermon and Too Short cameos add absolutely nothing to Sweat's sweet mix -- but there's a cool sexuality in his grooves and moves. And on the opening "Come and Get with Me," Sweat (with a little help from Snoop Dogg) spins R&B-hip-hop into a wondrous orbit. ~ Michael Gallucci
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R&B - Released February 9, 2015 | Rhino - Elektra

Released just before Valentine's Day 2015, Harlem Romance: The Love Collection consists of ballads from Keith Sweat's first five Elektra albums, 1987-1996, as well as "My Body," a major hit recorded with Gerald Levert and Johnny Gill as LSG. Due to its theme, the set isn't a proper Sweat anthology since it doesn't factor in the less-romantic ballads (like "Twisted") and uptempo hits (such as "I Want Her," "Don't Stop Your Love," and "Make You Sweat"). Sweat did excel at slow jams, and this includes some of his most popular singles, including "Make It Last Forever," "I'll Give All My Love to You," and "Nobody." ~ Andy Kellman
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R&B - Released July 2, 2018 | Rhino

JUST ME is Keith Sweat’s first studio album since 2002’s REBIRTH, but longtime fans needn’t fear that Sweat has undergone any major changes. From the sad but silky smooth opener, “Somebody,” featuring Chris “F.L.O.” Conner, to Sweat’s pleading croon on “Teach Me,” the album’s closer, JUST ME is classic Sweat. Uptempo dance tracks would be a distraction, so Sweat sticks to what he does best: contemporary quiet storm that acts as the perfect soundtrack to candlelight and silk sheets. Guest appearances by Keyshia Cole and Athena Cage sweeten the pot, but it’s Sweat’s passionate vocals (not to mention the disc’s slick production) that steal the show.
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Dance - Released October 26, 2004 | Rhino - Elektra

Whining, begging soulman Keith Sweat's third album, Keep It Comin', fails to live up to the New Yorker's heart-wrenching first two; too many forgettable moments mar the set. The good include the heartfelt "Ten Commandments of Love" (not the Moonglows' classic), "Let Me Love You," and make-out specials ("I Want to Love You Down" and "Give Me What I Want"); but if you have to pass on a Sweat CD this is the one. ~ Andrew Hamilton
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Dance - Released October 26, 2004 | Rhino - Elektra

Produced by Teddy Riley, Keith Sweat's debut, Make It Last Forever, exploded all over urban and pop stations and remains the brightest star in Sweat's galaxy of LPs. Sweat's pleading, whining tenor adroitly draws you into every song, demanding an emotional commitment. Who can't relate to "Something Just Ain't Right" and "Right and a Wrong Way," two tense, stunning realizations. The hip-hop beats and plucky guitar of "I Want Her" put new jack swing on the map; it was Sweat's first single release and topped Billboard's R&B chart the week of January 30, 1988. All eight tracks are impressive, with his rendition of Tony Hester's "In the Rain," popularized by the Dramatics, equaling and possibly surpassing the original. ~ Andrew Hamilton

R&B - Released October 31, 2000 | Elektra Records

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R&B - Released February 4, 2003 | Elektra Records

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R&B - Released August 12, 2002 | Elektra Records

It's not a comeback because he's been putting out records consistently since the late '80s, and it's not really a creative reawakening since he hasn't changed anything about his game. In the end, Rebirth is really just another Keith Sweat album, and it's a tribute to one of the leading soul men of the '80s and '90s that he can continue making records as smooth and as vigorous as this one 15 years down the road. He produces about half of the songs, while co-producer Roy "Royalty" Hamilton takes most of the first few. Other than a few carefully placed samples, there aren't many nods to contemporary rap, just the same mid-tempo chug over loving/pleading songs like "I Want You," "Gots to Have It," "Ladies Night," and "One on One." Sweat is still in great voice, and it's his personality that carries Rebirth, even when it sounds similar to his work in the past. ~ John Bush

Soul - Released January 19, 2018 | Sony Music Entertainment

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Soul - Released October 12, 2018 | Red Music

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R&B - Released January 1, 2007 | Shout Factory

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R&B - Released November 20, 2007 | Rhino

As one of the pioneers of the New Jack Swing movement in the 1980s, Keith Sweat knows something about contemporary R&B, and his smooth loverman sound, with just a touch of light hip-hop flavor, is all over Christmas of Love, his 2007 holiday release. With the exception of "The Christmas Song," Sweat steers clear of traditional material, opting instead for narratives of romantic love placed in a holiday context such as "Be Your Santa Claus" and "Under the Tree." Sweat's singing sounds as good as it did in the '80s, and this disc should provide a soundtrack for lovers looking to generate a Yuletide spark.
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R&B - Released August 30, 2011 | eOne Music

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