Photographer: Derek Blanks.
On Still, SWV's first album since the remarkable 2012 return I Missed Us, producer and songwriter Cainon Lamb once again works closely with the group, as does associate Derrick "Bigg D" Baker, along with a small cast of additional contributors. "MCE (Man Crush Everyday)," a sparkling slow jam, is among SWV's best, while the throwback ballad "When Love Didn't Hurt" and relatively contemporary "Miss You" are close behind it. Other songs are more likely to make a listener think of SWV's catalog or songs by other artists. "Still" sets the tone, relying upon a hook of "I'm still into you," in clear reference to "I'm So Into You," one of the group's biggest early hits. Samples and references to the likes of Patrice Rushen, the James Ingram-fronted Zingara, the Four Tops, and Amy Winehouse are frequent, a major component of the album. ~ Andy Kellman