(2011) Twenty

Boyz Ii Men

... read moreDisc one of Twenty constitutes Boyz II Men's first full-length set of original material since 2002’s Full Circle, an album released just prior to the departure of bass vocalist Michael McCary. The title here isn’t the only manner in which the group acknowledges its longevity. They work with past...

01:28′:55″ 21 Songs

Disk 1

1
Believe
Boyz Ii Men
3:30
2
So Amazing
Boyz Ii Men
4:37
3
Put Some Music On
Boyz Ii Men
4:15
4
Slowly
Boyz Ii Men
4:21
5
More Than You’Ll Ever Know
Boyz Ii Men
4:09
6
I Shoulda Lied
Boyz Ii Men
4:06
7
Benefit Of A Fool
Boyz Ii Men
3:52
8
Refuse To Be The Reason
Boyz Ii Men
4:31
9
One More Dance
Boyz Ii Men
4:33
10
Will You Be There
Boyz Ii Men
4:15
11
Flow
Boyz Ii Men
3:40
12
One Up For Love
Boyz Ii Men
3:28

Disk 2

1
Motownphilly
Boyz Ii Men
3:47
2
On Bended Knee
Boyz Ii Men
5:31
3
Four Seasons Of Loneliness
Boyz Ii Men
4:53
4
Water Runs Dry
Boyz Ii Men
3:21
5
A Song For Mama
Boyz Ii Men
5:08
6
It’S So Hard To Say Goodbye To Yesterday
Boyz Ii Men
2:58
7
I’Ll Make Love To You
Boyz Ii Men
3:57
8
End Of The Road
Boyz Ii Men
5:31
9
Not Like You
Boyz Ii Men
4:32
Released 01 January 2011, ℗ 2011 MSM Music Group/Benchmark Entertainment., Under Exclusive Licence to Universal International Music B.V.

Review

Disc one of Twenty constitutes Boyz II Men's first full-length set of original material since 2002’s Full Circle, an album released just prior to the departure of bass vocalist Michael McCary. The title here isn’t the only manner in which the group acknowledges its longevity. They work with past collaborators such as Tim & Bob, Teddy Riley, and Babyface, each of whom either produces or co-produces three tracks. Rather than attempt to compete with younger acts on the charts, they largely stick to their tried and true approach and appeal to their longtime listeners. Some of the slower songs get a little raunchy, but most of them -- highlighted by “More Than You’ll Ever Know,” featuring Charlie Wilson -- switch between romantic pleading and uplifting/inspirational modes. It’s their most enjoyable work since 2000’s Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya. On the second disc, Boyz II Men cover themselves. In some cases, the new looks at their hits are closer to re-creations than reinterpretations, with only slight variations on the vocal and instrumental arrangements. That Boyz II Men still have it, both individually and collectively, is undeniable; their group harmonies sound as easy as ever. That’s what they had over most contemporary R&B acts in 1991, and that's what they have over all of them in 2011. ~ Andy Kellman