The first time I heard of the Johnson Sisters was when they were backing up a song on George Duke's 2000 album Cool, and by doing that they almost ruined the song. But somewhere along the line they became R. Kelly's new prot?g?es, and they soon started backing up Isley Brothers' songs. Now the ladies come at us with their own album, Ice Cream.
This album really isn't very interesting. Those who called them a reheated Changing Faces weren't far off, because it seems like Rrah is trying that same formula out on them -- but this time it doesn't work. There ARE some tolerable songs like "Right Here With Me" and possibly "Love Angel". But the rest of the songs have very trite lyrics, like the revengeful "Half", the sleepy "Stay", and the generic party joint, "Baby, Come On". And unlike most reviewers, I never liked the title track.
Another annoying thing is that R. Kelly is all over this album, unsurprisingly making it seem like R. Kelly featuring JS rather than just JS (for more examples of this, see Aaliyah's Age Ain't Nothing But a Number or The Isley Brothers' Body Kiss). This is especially obvious in the unlistenable remix of the title track, which is in the MIDDLE of the album for some reason (and why does R. Kelly shout-out to Ron Isley at the end? He isn't even in that song.). Speaking of Ron, apparently since JS appeared on the Isleys' horrible song "Busted", he decided to return the favor by contributing to the already questionable "Handle Your Business".
It's also kind of hard to enjoy these songs sometimes because the titles run into each other ("Stay", "Stay Right Here", "Right Here With Me"). But basically, this album is nothing special. And no offense, but whoever called JS "the next Aaliyah" needs to listen to this album more closely. I don't think I'll be having another taste of this ice cream.