Boyz II Men-Twenty
it really been 20 years since “Motownphilly?”
Apparently it’s been that long and the best-selling
R&B group Boyz II Men
are reminding us of their staying power and their ability to live up to
their name. No longer boyz but grown
men, their aptly entitled anniversary album, Twenty, is a very
pleasant jaunt down R&B/Pop music memory lane. No, this isn’t another
greatest hits album, but instead a mixture of re-recorded Boyz II Men
staples as well as some new music with that signature Boyz II Men blend.
a few of their previous albums, lost is the anchor of bass, Michael McCary.
The re-worked classics still sound as good as before, but just don’t have
the fullness of the originals. They did manage to make them more organic
with live instrument production, and some re-recorded vocals.
Don’t be fooled, they still have the vocals to carry the songs after 20
years. Expect to hear “I’ll Make Love to You,” as well as “On Bended
Knee,” “End of the Road,” and the aforementioned “Motownphilly.” And that is
just part of their two-disc offering.
Loaded with thirteen new tracks, there is something on this album for
die-hard fans as well as those discovering them after 20 years, if that’s
possible. Leading off is single “More Than You’ll Ever Know.” This airy
single features the voice of R&B legend Charlie Wilson (The Gap Band).
Vocally the song works perfectly, with Wilson’s distinct vocals blending
fluently with those of the group. They can still harmonize like no other
group out today.
Next, and probably the most intriguing, is the single “One Up for Love.”
Those expecting signature Boyz II Men will not find it in this song. Backed
by a live band, and futuristic synthesizers is a contemporary rock song
about peace, unity and well….love. ”Throw one up for love/throw one up
for love repeats the chorus.” It’s bound to catch the ear of anyone who
knows the Boyz II Men style, but will surely not disappoint. Other notable
tracks include “Put Some Music On,” and “Refuse to Be the Reason.”
After years of soothing us with the syrupy sweet ballads, Boyz II Men are
still as strong as ever. Incase you were wondering what R&B sounded like 20
years ago or just want to reminisce and rediscover some great music, this
album is definitely worth a listen. If the next 20 years are anything like
the last, Boyz II Men will continue to give their fans what they are used to
hearing. Classic, timeless R&B music. (11/11)
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and November 2, 2011.