Recording information: Brandon's Way Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Silent Sounds Studio, Atlanta, GA.
Director: Kendra Ellis.
Photographers: Lionel Deluy; Derrick Rodgers.
Two decades after they released their third album, After 7 returned as a quartet. Original members Kevon and Melvin Edmonds and Keith Mitchell, joined by Melvin's son Jason, recorded Timeless with extensive help from Edmonds' sibling Babyface and Daryl Simmons, two of the collaborators who helped make them one of the biggest R&B acts of 1989-1995. On the surface, it might appear to be a work of nostalgia, but it's a strong, fully realized update of the group's refined, romantic, and harmonically rich form of contemporary R&B. The group covers Thom Bell and Linda Creed's "Betcha by Golly Wow," popularized by the Stylistics in 1972, but it sounds as modern as anything else here. ~ Andy Kellman