Boyz II Men: Twenty

Boyz II Men
(MSM Music Group/Benchmark Entertainment)

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Legendary smoothness, super steamy romantic ballads and an unmistakable uptown swing made the four-part harmonies of super-Philly group Boyz II Men instantaneously successful. The resilient combination of soulfulness and a rhythm and blues pop sound made the group one of the best-selling R&B groups of all time. “Motownphilly” changed the sonic landscape of R&B in the 90’s. They revived the sound of doo wop music, made it hip, yet edgy and added an onslaught of accented synthesizers and sharp beats plus their impressive vocal styling. Boyz II Men has sold over 60 million albums since their first, Cooleyhighharmony, was released in 1991.

Singer, Michael McCary retired from the group around 2003, however Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman forged ahead releasing albums, one of which was of cover songs in 2009 and now their new album, Twenty, a two-disc set. The loveliness of “Water Runs Dry,” the romantic endearment of “I’ll Make Love to You” and the remorseful heartbreak of “End of the Road” are just a few of the nine re-recorded tracks on the album while there are 12 new singles. “Believe” is a futuristic upbeat dance track, while “Slowly” features their trademark romantic sensuality. “Benefit of a Fool,” grinds out a swinging 70’s energetic dance groove and those wonderful vocal dynamics. Twenty is very classic Boyz II Men, still featuring that same infectious harmonious vibrancy and soul-swooning rhythm and blues warmth.

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