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Brainchild

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Despite one too many didactic spoken-word interludes, Society of Soul’s debut Brainchild has an invitingly smooth and funky R&B vibe, thanks to production by Organized Noize (who account for three of the Atlanta crew’s five members). The nearest reference point is Curtis Mayfield, though this is a communal effort with updated beats, soothing choruses, and hope-filled lyrics: redemption songs for the matured hip-hop set. B