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Nathan Morris, Michael McCary, Shawn Stockman, and Wanya Morris established themselves as the original boy group of the '90s -- setting the standard for followers such as the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync with the infectious hits "Motown Philly," "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday," and the Boomerang soundtrack's "End of the Road." With their refreshing debut Cooleyhighharmony, and its critically acclaimed follow-up II, Boyz II Men reinforced their position as elite balladeers with romantic sentiments such as "I'll Make Love to You," which stayed atop the Billboard singles chart for two months. Now, nearly three years after their last album, Evolution, the new jack soul pioneers return full-force with Nathan ...
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Nathan Morris, Michael McCary, Shawn Stockman, and Wanya Morris established themselves as the original boy group of the '90s -- setting the standard for followers such as the Backstreet Boys and 'N Sync with the infectious hits "Motown Philly," "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday," and the Boomerang soundtrack's "End of the Road." With their refreshing debut Cooleyhighharmony, and its critically acclaimed follow-up II, Boyz II Men reinforced their position as elite balladeers with romantic sentiments such as "I'll Make Love to You," which stayed atop the Billboard singles chart for two months. Now, nearly three years after their last album, Evolution, the new jack soul pioneers return full-force with Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya, an edgier mix of up-tempo bounce and pop-tinged ballads. In the tradition of "Water Runs Dry," the Stockman-penned first single, "Pass You By," is the sort of flawlessly harmonized, spiritually uplifting ballad the Boyz are famous for. In contrast, the record also offers several potential dance hits such as the acoustic guitar-anchored "Good Guy" and the bass-booming "Step on Up." Meanwhile, the Latin-rhythm inspired "Beautiful Women" utilizes syncopated Caribbean drum beats to pay homage to women of all cultures. As singers and songwriters, Boyz II Men have fulfilled the promise of their moniker by exemplifying artistic maturity -- proving that good music can stand the test of time. Neo Brentacious
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Even if Boyz II Men's third album Evolution didn't rival II in terms of commercial clout, the group was still inescapable. Every male urban vocal group that reached the pop and R&B charts were clearly indebted to the quartet's stylish blend of old-school harmony, post-Aretha hyper-vocalizing, and lite hip-hop beats. The group returned to action in the fall of 2000 with Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya, a nearly eponymous title for their first full-fledged adult album. And, as adults, they've made sure they're responsible for their own music -- at least one member usually all has songwriting credits for all but two of the album's 14 songs, and the group is credited with all but four of the album's productions. Usually, when a popular group seizes control of their reins in such a dramatic fashion, the result is muddled to say the least, but a remarkable thing happens here -- the group succeeds. True, they don't expand on the formula they developed on II, but they do fulfill the expectations that album set. There are no unexpected twists or turns, just the standard lush ballads and swinging hip-hop soul, but it delivers both sonically and substantively. Not every cut on the record is a standout, but even the average cuts are pleasant, and the best of the batch are either seductive or effortlessly danceable. Also, the group is beginning to cut back on their vocal histrionics, resulting in a record that is truly their most mature yet. It might not be their best -- it doesn't have the powerhouse singles of II -- but Boyz II Men make up for it by demonstrating that they can do much of this on their own, and still sound like the standard-bearers for urban soul.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/12/2000
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 601215928129
  • Catalog Number: 5002974

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beautiful Women (4:09)
  2. 2 Step On Up (4:53)
  3. 3 Good Guy (3:49)
  4. 4 Bounce, Shake, Move, Swing (4:18)
  5. 5 What The Deal (4:25)
  6. 6 I Finally Know (5:04)
  7. 7 Pass You By (4:26)
  8. 8 Dreams (3:46)
  9. 9 I Do (4:10)
  10. 10 Thank You In Advance (4:11)
  11. 11 Never Go Away (5:06)
  12. 12 Lovely (5:29)
  13. 13 Know What You Mean (5:17)
  14. 14 Do You Remember (4:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Boyz II Men Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Michael Thompson Guitar
Dave Foreman Guitar
Davis A. Barnett Strings
Bashiri Johnson Percussion
Kenny Brown Background Vocals
Nathan East Bass
Ricky Lawson Drums
Michael McCary Vocals
Gary McKeen Trumpet
Henri McMillan Jr. Trumpet
Nathan Morris Vocals
Wanya Morris Vocals
Shawn Stockman Vocals
Jay Williams Guitar
William Ross Conductor
Olga Konopelsky Strings
Emma Kummrow Strings
Charlene Kwas Strings
Igor Szwec Strings
Gregory Teperman Strings
Derrick Scott Guitar
Jimmy Russell Guitar
Dorothy Thornton Background Vocals
Shae Jones Vocals
Jamar Jones Piano, Keyboards
Shep Crawford Keyboards
Dana Sorey Background Vocals
Greg Scott Saxophone
Technical Credits
Boyz II Men Producer, Vocal Arrangements
Robert Fernandez Engineer
Scott Frankfurt drum programming
Larry Gold Arranger
Jim Hinger Engineer
Michael McCary Executive Producer
Nathan Morris Executive Producer
Wanya Morris Executive Producer
Herb Powers Mastering
Alex Rodriguez Engineer
Tony Shepperd Engineer
Shawn Stockman Executive Producer
Mervyn Warren Arranger
Serban Ghenea Engineer
William Ross Arranger
Alex Rodriquez Engineer
Anne Catalino Engineer
Durrell Bottoms Engineer
Ray Lubrana Engineer
Jamar Jones Arranger
Shep Crawford Producer, drum programming
Qadree el-Amin Executive Producer
Jim Bottari Engineer
Johnny Lee Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back to Beautiful

    I have been a fan from the beginning. I found Evolution a disappointing album, as it lacked a lot of the energy of their first two CDs. This album is a great return to everything I loved about II. Cooleyhighharmony had a boyish enthusiasm that has waned as the group has matured, but the overall quality of the songs has improved and continues to with this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Awesome

    This cd is awesome. I play it every chance that I get. I like their harmony and style. I have recommended this cd to several friends and they feel the same way. My favorite is Thank You in Advance. I just saw the video today and it is beautiful. They have really turned out to become some fine, mature men.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nah!

    Their songs aren't that good as they used to be. I don't know why, but I really liked their old songs

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Read Me!

    To Whom It May Concern: I believe in the summary, the group is referred to as ''granddaddies''. When indeed. the average age of the group is 25. How many grandfathers do you know who are 25? On the other hand, the record is great. They have been #1 on the urban and also the r+b charts for the past three weeks. Not to shabby for quote-on-quote ''granddaddies''. Thank You.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BoyzIIMen 2000

    I think that BoyzIIMen are a positive influence on the youth of today. The guys, Nathan,Shawn,Michael,and Wanya are what make up the R&B industry. Their songs have helped me and my boyfriend damian out alot! Thanks guys! Anna houston

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    IF YOU LOVE REAL & PURE MUSIC:

    I SUGGEST THIS CD THIS WITHOUT A DOUBT DESERVES TWO THUMBS UP IF I HAD TWO MORE I WOULD PUT THOSE UP AS WELL.I MEAN THESE MEN ARE TRULY AMAZING IT'S LIKE THEY CAN READ MY EVERY EMOTION,MY EVERY THOUGHT I HAVE YET TO HEAR A SWEETER SOUND LIKE SOMEONE ONCE SAID OF THEM THEY OWN A SOUND THAT MAKES THE ANGELS WEEP,SO I WHOLE HEARTILY SUGGEST THIS CD TO ANYONE WHO LONGS FOR THE PURITY OF MUSIC.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Boyz way II go................

    I just got mail from a friend in New York, and she was wondering why my nick name is '' Philly ''. Well I broke it down for her from the 16th of November 1993, how this relationship started and how it's gonna last an entire life time, I think they are the best at what they do, and My dream is to meet them face to face so they can Know that they have brother from AFRICA who feels their music and feels them.The title rocks and the album is the BOMB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BOYS TO MAGNIFICENT MATURING MEN.....

    I FOUND MYSELF ''SURFING'' THE RADIO DIAL AT EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE 1ST RELEASE ENTITLED ''PASS YOU BY''. I HAVEN'T DONE THAT IN MANY YEARS...I PURCHASED THE CD TODAY AND WAS PLEASANTLY SURPRISED TO FIND MANY WONDERFUL SONGS. IT REMINDED ME OF THE ''OLD DAYS'' ( TELLING MY AGE) WHEN YOU BOUGHT AN ALBUM BY STEVIE WONDER AND EVERY SONG WAS GREAT. IF YOU BUY A CD TODAY, YOU ARE LUCKY IF 2-3 SONGS ARE ENJOYABLE. I PLAN ON TELLING ALL MY FRIENDS TO ADD THIS TO THE TOP OF THEIR ''MUST'' BUY LIST.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    These guys get better with each album

    Their voices are like fine wine, as B2M get older they get better their voices sound richer. The emotion in their voices shines through. Buy it today!!!!

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