Ranking the Best Jagged Edge albums

Give Jagged Edge their props – they may be the game’s last great R&B group.

As R&B groups slowly began going the way of the dinosaur, Jagged Edge carried their collective sound into the new millennium, delivering songs that would go on to become new standards. “Promise,” “Where the Party At,” “Let’s Get Married” and that undeniable remix – JE’s biggest tracks would define R&B for the next decade and a half.

Let’s revisit Jagged Edge’s discography from bottom to top and relive some great baby-makin’ hits.

baby makin project

8. Baby Makin’ Project (2007)

Soul In Stereo rating: 3 stars out of 5

Edd said: Unless you’re a hard core JE fan, chances are you forgot about this one – and for good reason. While there weren’t many outright “bad” songs here, there was very little worth revisiting.

Forgotten favorites: “Put a Little Umph In It”

the remedy

7. The Remedy (2011)

Soul In Stereo rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (read our review here)

Edd said: JE’s 2011 offering was … uneven to say the least. And while this album felt a little like the group was going through the motions, there were still a handful of tracks that recaptured their magic. Don’t worry, better days would soon be ahead.

Forgotten favorites: “Baby,” “Love on You,” “Flow Thru My Veins”

jagged edge

6. Jagged Edge (2006)

Soul In Stereo rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 (read our review here)

Edd said: At nearly 20 tracks, JE’s bloated fifth release was in dire need of a diet. But if you cut the water weight, Jagged Edge was a pretty solid release, most notably spawning one of the group’s best tracks, “Good Luck Charm.”

Forgotten favorites: “Season’s Change,” “Hopefully,” “Crying Out”

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5. Jagged Little Thrill (2001)

Soul In Stereo rating: 3.5 stars out of 5

Edd said: Thanks to the crossover success of JE’s hit “Where the Party At,” this album has become slightly overrated over the years. Make no mistake, however, JE’s third effort was a solid effort, blending ballads and upbeat cuts into a memorable package.

Forgotten favorites: “Head of Household,” “Remedy,” “Girl It’s Over”

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4. J.E. Heartbreak II (2014)

Soul In Stereo rating: 4 stars out of 5 (read our review here)

Edd said: Most of you know by now how much I despise “sequel” albums. They’re almost ALWAYS a letdown – recapturing the magic of a previous hit years later (in this case, FOURTEEN YEARS later!) is a fool’s errand. Thankfully, JE proved me wrong just a few years ago by releasing their best effort in recent memory.

Forgotten favorites: “No Half Steppin’,” “Hope,” “Love Come Down”

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3. A Jagged Era (1997)

Soul In Stereo rating: 4 stars out of 5

Edd said: Now this is how you make a first impression. JE’s soulful debut album landed at the perfect time. Just as many of their peers began to shift their music to a more hip-hop based sound, the JE boys course-corrected R&B back to its soulful roots with a concise, ballad-heavy debut. It still holds up well today.

Forgotten favorites: “Funny How,” “Wednesday Lover,” “Addicted to Your Love”

hard

2. Hard (2003)

Soul In Stereo rating: 4 stars out of 5

Edd said: My personal favorite JE album, and quite honestly, their most underrated effort to date. This album perfected the formula that Jagged Edge introduced on Jagged Little Thrill – beautiful ballads and club friendly ballads tied neatly into one package. Hard is brimming with underrated cuts; if you missed out in ’03, correct your life immediately.

Forgotten favorites: “Visions,” “Hard,” “What’s It Like”

je heartbreak

1. J.E. Heartbreak (2000)

Soul In Stereo rating: 4 stars out of 5

Edd said: For years I considered Hard to be JE’s best album but after revisiting this one a few months back, the appeal of J. E. Heartbreak is just undeniable. It’s truly JE at their peak – soaring ballads, upbeat cuts that don’t betray the group’s core sound, and hit after hit after hit. Nearly all of JE’s signature tracks make their home on this album. It’s the quintessential Jagged Edge release.

Forgotten favorites: “True Man,” “Did She Say,” “Healing”

What are your favorite JE albums? Let us know below.

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2 Comments

  1. I couldn’t agree more with this review of JE’s discography. Their chemistry with producers Bryan Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri is undeniable. Hopefully they will release more music.Interested in your thoughts on Wingo as a vocalist?

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