If the past 18 months have taught us anything, it’s that we should count our blessings, take nothing for granted and make the most of the time we have. For us, good music is definitely one of the things we’re grateful for – especially when it comes from our favorite ’80s and ’90s artists. After 7 is one such group, still sounding smooth and making us swoon after all these years with their new album, Unfinished Business.
After whetting our appetites with singles like “Bittersweet,” “No Place Like You” and “Extra Mile,” the trio of Kevon Edmonds, Keith Mitchell and Danny ‘SkyHigh’ McClain have delivered a dazzling set of 12 songs and three spoken interludes that is most definitely worth the wait. The fellas continue to prove that wooing is not a lost artform – serenading us with romantic lyrics, soulful harmonies and heartfelt vocals on songs like “Made A Man Of Me,” “Sing A Love Song” and “Who’s Been Loving You.” Each song is guaranteed to please, but perhaps the sweetest of all is the album closer, “All I Want Is You.”
We love that After 7 hasn’t changed their style for the sake of being on-trend. Better yet, they’ve managed to stay true to their roots without sounding dated. One noticeable change is the absence of original member Melvin Edmonds, who died suddenly in 2019. But his presence is still felt as we hear him speak in various interludes throughout the album. Another interesting difference is that the album marks the first time that After 7 has a guest vocalist appear on a song with them. Former Mint Condition frontman and SB fave Stokley joins them on “The Day,” a sunny ballad dedicated to a forever love. He also wrote and produced the up-tempo jam “Sum Of A Woman.” Another notable name, Kevon and Melvin’s younger brother and mega-hit-maker Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds lends his production talents to the infectious Steppers’ Groove, “Tomorrow Can Wait.”
We can’t stop (sorry, we had to) listening to the R&B goodness that is Unfinished Business. Head to your favorite retailer to purchase your copy, then keep up with After 7 on Twitter and IG. You can also catch them in concert when they stop by a city near you. Visit their website for concert dates and ticket info.