At a time when negativity, vulgarity and nudity is applauded, and softness is seen as weak, Boyz II Men go against the odds and once again wave their LOVE flag. Well, it’s the same flag that they have held up high over the years, 20 years to be precise. In Sept 19th 2010, the boyz mark their 20th anniversary. The baby making music geniuses who brought you, “girl in the life magazine” “I’ll make love to you” “end of the road” among other hit singles, take their 10th studio album titled “LOVE” to a whole new level. With a career built on spreading love, the boyz decide to re-record a collection of life changing love songs that have been previously written and recorded by other artists.
I see this as mature, playful, familiar, old, but yet a new sound to my ears, my fears. How better way to hear a serenade re done by the now, trio of vocal experts, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, and Nathan Morris. Nelson with the deep voice left the group to pursue a solo career and Michael left due to personal issues and illnesses. It’s amazing that 5 was the identity but the 3 who remain absolutely uphold the magic. The new album produced by American idols Randy Jackson is a blend or R&B, acapella and soul, a really smooth listen. In a short interview posted on Youtube, the boyz discuss their album, “LOVE” this is what the boyz had to say,
Shawn : “These are songs that aren’t just from R&B singers, we stretched our vocal abilities and did other things outside this genre like pop, jazz and rock to explore that other side of love.
Wanya: “We hope that these songs will become the soundtracks to people’s lives again, when you hear it please know that it came from a real place, we put out hearts into it. WATCH IT NOW! => *THE INTERVIEW*
I just choose to review the first 7 songs out of the 13 track album, you should grab it and sample the best love songs re done 🙂
1. I can’t make you love me 5.17- originally done by Bonnie Raitt
He sings to his lover that as much as he loves her and would do anything for her, he can’t make her love him. He sings that he cant make her heart feel something that it wont. Serious heartbreaking throw back lyrics song. For all those who were in relationships that never worked, this one’s for you. They boyz say that this one has been one of their favourite songs of all time and they choose it the first to be in their first rendition album.
2. Amazed 4.18- Lonestar
He is amazed at what she does to him, every little thing that she does, amazes him and for that reason he wants to spend the rest of his life with her. The smell of her skin, the taste of her kiss, the smell of her hair, everything about her touches his heart, he wants that to las forever…
3. Could it be am falling in love? 3.57- The Spinners
Real soul, with the intense Earth wind and fire feel. He sings that from the first time he met her he doesn’t need the little joys he used to have, instead he just wants to be with her and derive those little boyish feelings from her. Could it be that he is falling in love? definitely love the soul, the trumpets, the pianos, the band ahhhhh…
4. If you leave me now 4.03- Chicago
He warns her, “If you leave me now, you take away a very big piece of me” A love like ours is very rare to find, how could you take it away? How could we end it like this, just sit down and let us talk about this. This is soooo Marvine Gayle, the type of song to serenade to your lover to beg them not to leave you. A great get back together love-making to, tune 🙂
5. Time after time 3.56- Cyndi Lauper
As the song title suggests this is a true classic! Never ages time after time but instead goes straight to the heart. The Boyz show off their vocal abilities as they accapella through this timeless lovely piece… If your lost you can look and you will find me, time after time. If you fall I will catch you, i will be waiting, time after time.
6. Iris 4.08- Goo Goo Dolls
THIS IS MY VERY BEST RENDION! NOW NOW NOW CLICK HERE TO LISTEN => *IRIS* Arguably one of the best love songs of all time, City of angels soundtrack, Armageddon too if am not wrong. originally done by the Goo Goo dolls, the rock band you know. Yeah, that’s how deep the boyz went to bring out the true love in songs. This is that song that made you cry at night when you were missing your lover. “I dont want the world to see me, I don’t think they would understand me, when everything is broken i just hope you’ll understand who i am” P.S never make this your “relationship” song, it never dies but relationships ends, choose wisely 🙂
7. Cupid 3.49- Sam Cooke
Soul for you acappella at the bridge, cupid drop back your bow and let your arrow go straight to me 🙂 He sings to cupid that he is distress and there is danger that he is in love with a girl who doesn’t even know that he exists, he promises to love her to eternity if cupid gives him a chance with her. Just how sweet can a song’s lyrics be? Hope someone ever asked cupid to do that for him for me , wink 🙂
Based on sales, Boyz II Men is to date, the most successful R&B male vocal group of all time. I think this is yet another height of their career.