The lads from Philly are back
after a 3 yr hiatus from the music scene with this their 5th set and
first for Universal.
Michael Shawn Wanya
is definitely a departure from past works as they give us a more
mature feel to this record. Most might think from the offset that this
time around its more of a personal effort for the boyz and they would
first single, 'Pass You
was written by Shawn and produced by the group (who shares the role of
executive producers as well), and is the definitive Boyz II Men
ballad, with luscious harmonies and a message that hits home no matter
where you are.
Speaking of ballads, the mid -
tempo groover 'Beautiful
Women' is a delightful
number. This track showcases the growth that the lads endured with the
Spanish guitar ridden licks and the heavy drenched bassline. Following
suite is 'Step on up '
(a favourite with me), a catchy house track that I'm sure won't fair
well on American soil but will soar in Europe and ' Bounce,
Shake, Move, Swing '
another house club hit with a bit of a bite to it. 'Good
Guy ' was co-written
and produced by Kevin 'She'kpere'
Briggs who seems to be
everywhere these days (Destiny's
Child, Kandi and Usher
to name a few) which is prime RNB chart material. 'Dreams'
is rumored to be the Boyz favourite of the lot and with good reason as
it highlights their maturity, built on an instantly memorable melody.
Although ballads make up the
majority of the CD, these guys also demonstrate that they know how to
get down and although they have always had major input on their
previous albums, they admit that powerhouse songwriters and producers
did shape much of their sound and learning from the best made
recording this CD a challenge well worth taking on, and one that paid
off dividends. A worthy Ty-D