Entertainment Weekly - 3/14/97, p.81
"Not since TRAINSPOTTING has a film's soundtrack so successfully captured its mood. True romance blooms in the movie 'Love Jones,' and you can practically feel the longing in the hearts of Maxwell and the Fugees' Lauryn Hill as they smolder through their R&B..."
- Rating: B
JazzTimes - 8/97, p.73
"...creating an intoxicating urban soundscape that succeeds without brand-name tie-ins...you have an example of what urban radio would sound like if it ever got its priorities straight. And one of the year's best soundtracks."
Vibe - 5/97, p.114
"...'Bout time a soundtrack was rooted in its parent film, with both telling an intelligent story of two folks determined to stand in love..."
The Source - 5/97, p.140
"...The soundtrack to LOVE JONES...tosses in some more traditional jazz elements for good measure--making for an album that yields several hot moments amidst the usual smattering of mixed bag compilation blues..."
Rap Pages - 6/97, p.88
"...LOVE JONES is the best Hip-Hop genre Black film soundtrack since the now-legendary BOOMERANG....bids farewell to the days of the bump-n-grind R&B quickie shit. R&B should be as creative as Hip-Hop..."
Producers: Randy Jackson, Dionne Farris, Van Hunt, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef, Pras, Darryl Pearson, Musze, Brice P. Wilson, Jermaine Dupri, Samuel J. Sapp, Cassandra Wilson, Marcus Miller, The Brand New Heavies, Cassie, A Touch Of Jazz, Kenny Lattimore, Jazz At Lincoln Center, Bob Thiele.
This soulful R&B and jazz soundtrack is a valentine to love itself, and it features mostly new tracks by first-rank artists. Among them are the Refugee Camp All-Stars, whose intense "The Sweetest Thing" was produced by two of the three Fugees and features Fugees singer Lauryn Hill; it's yet another showcase of Fugeean diversity. R&B singer Dionne Farris admits a weakness for a man in "Hopeless." Maxwell offers an alternate version of "Sumthin' Sumthin'," with its seductive groove. The soundtrack also includes a couple of classic jazz recordings, including Duke Ellington and John Coltrane's version of "In A Sentimental Mood."