Best of the Rest: Shai’s Mr. Turn U Out

B000002OUO.01._SCLZZZZZZZ_ Shai were too smooth, their harmonies too perfect, for the early 90s in which they tried to stake out their place. But interesting, that quality is what keeps their music from sounding dated or trite, especially Blackface, their sophomore album.  It's probably the best male vocal group recording of the 90s behind Playa's Cheers 2 U.

Mr. Turn U Out isn't the best song on that album (that is reserved for The Place Where You Belong), but it's damn close.  It should have been a single because it had all the elements that would have made it a quiet storm masterpiece.  Most notably – Garfield Bright and his flawless, thick baritone on lead.  Garfield on lead will always make the panties wet, and while he was all sly come on here, he is such a good vocalist that the song sounds romantic instead of corny.  Also – listen out for Garfield and Darnell trading vocals at the end of the song.  Tight!

More:
Best of the Rest – Full List
Best of the Rest – Explained