Having released a series of compilations focusing predominantly on '70s soul, the folks at Time Life Music have gone contemporary and this disc features the creme de la creme of neo-soul. Casting the net far and wide, the results include LaFace diva Toni Braxton (an aching "Unbreak My Heart"), her male counterpart Usher (a suggestive "Nice and Slow") and multi-instrumentalist Brian McKnight (the subtle and sensual "Anytime.") This mix of older and younger artists works well. Need more proof? How 'bout Luther Vandross (the hit "Take You Out") and acapella sensations Boyz II Men ("Four Seasons of Loneliness") rubbing elbows with way-cool pianist Alicia Keys (the slow rolling "A Woman's Worth",) neo-soul diva Angie Stone ("Brotha") and her former paramour D'Angelo ("Lady"). ABSOLUTE BODY SOUL turns out to be an excellent primer for those looking to dip their toe into the pool of current neo-soul talent.
Woman's Worth, A - Alicia Keys
All My Life - K-Ci & Jojo
Angel Of Mine - Monica
Anytime - Brian McKnight
Brotha - Angie Stone
Four Seasons Of Loneliness - Boyz II Men
I Belong To You (Every Time I See Your Face) - Rome