The marketplace lacks girl groups right now, and the Atlanta, Georgia four-piece called Cherish, with the help of Jazze Pha, hope to fill the void left by the breakup of Destiny’s Child. The group members — sisters Felisha, Farrah, Fallon, and Neosha — may not possess the trendsetting style and girl power anthems of the illustrious Destiny’s Child, but their long-delayed debut, Unappreciated, is a quality, if by-the-numbers, contemporary soul album.
Opener “That Boi” is an irresistible club banger, with its gut-wrenching 808 and catchy hook. This is followed by lead single “Do It to It,” which references styles and trends currently dominating the Atlanta music scene. All the up-tempo tracks (“Chevy,” “Stop Calling Me”) are cleverly arranged and produced with a glossy finish. Even the ballads work well — in particular “Oooh” and the bass-heavy “Show and Tell” — which is a rarity on many contemporary R&B albums.
The sisters’ harmonies are tight and the harmonies nimble, but the album doesn’t really offer anything new. You pretty much know what you’re going to get from the start: several dance-oriented club tracks and several sappy ballads throughout an album of straightforward but consistent soul.