17 November 2009


Who can forget the album Cooleyhighharmony, with tracks like "Motown Philly", "End Of The Road", and "It's So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday"?

This album was one of my favorites growing up in the 90's, along with TLC's "Crazysexycool", and Red Hot Chili Pepper's "Bloodsugarsexmagik", and not because of their run-on names, but because they were simply awesome. As a kid, I do have to admit that I didn't particularly enjoy listening to the albums in their entirety, but what I did like was listening to my favorite songs repeatedly, like "Motown Philly", "Creep", and "Under The Bridge", respectfully.

Over the years, these artists have had a range of success--releasing new albums along with greatest hits albums, RHCP being the most successful of the three, and my personal favorite. TLC and Boyz II Men are both 90's has been artists, and that's where they should stay. No one liked "Fanmail", TLC's album that came out on the brink of 99-00. And I can't remember anyone buying Boyz II Men records unless they were greatest hits albums, of which there are several, although I only remember a handful of "hits". 

Luckily, RHCP was able to break through into the 00's with even better records than the ones they released in the 90's. TLC and Boyz II Men are both talented groups, but let's face it, the white boys of RHCP beat you this time.

But now, Boyz II Men is releasing an album titled "Love", and it features songs about guess what? LOVE.  I want to know how this album is any different than any other album of theirs.  I did some research and found an interview on CNN.com, where Wanya Morris states about the new album, "The title embodies everything that Boyz II Men represents. Every album we have ever done has always had a representation of love."

Thank you Captain Obvious.  Of course all your songs are about love--you are black R&B singers. What else are you going to sing about? That's what R&B is!  This album features a variety of love tunes, including Journey's "Open Arms," the Goo Goo Dolls' "Iris," and "In My Life" by the Beatles. Great. So now we can look forward to singles done by white guys covered by suave, cool as a cucumber, sexy black men.

Sorry guys, but this album is a stretch.  While I appreciate your creativity and musical talent, I can't help but wonder if this was your idea, or if Randy Jackson from American Idol had too much influence on you boyz to sing cover songs instead of writing your own? I mean, that's what they do on American Idol, right?

I liked you better with when you sported sexy flat tops while singing "I'll Make Love To You".  Nothing, and I mean nothing, can beat that.


Tara said...

Motown philly back again....

That's gonna be in my head all day now.

dogimo said...

I'm waiting for the Bell Biv Devoe comeback.

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