II Men have returned with Throwback,
Volume One, a LP that has the trio (used
to a quartet) singing some of the songs
I’m sure they heard on WDAS growing
up in Philly in the 1970’s and
1980’s. The LP is 11 tracks long
and they are all enjoyable but some stand
out as being so good they may change
your favorite version of the song.
example I felt this way after I heard
Boyz II Men do “Can You Stand The
Rain” on their Evolution LP.
and range aren’t a problem with
the trio it’s more if trying to
replicate the old school sound was done
with a balance, paying respect to the
old while making a new sound.
cuts that showed that balance include,
Al Green’s classic “Let’s
Stay Together”, the Teddy Pendergrass
famous cut: “Close The Door”, “For
The Love of You” (The Isley Brothers)
and DeBarge’s “Time Will
Reveal” and the Hall & Oates
classic “Sara Smile”. "Time
Will Reveal" in fact is probably the
best use of Boyz II Men’s skills
with their voices and acappella.
A nice album that will make you think
of the group when you were in grade school
and also the songs and groups they tried
to replicate and honor.
I’ll give them 4 ´´GeoGlobes.
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