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Throwback
     

Throwback

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by Boyz II Men
 

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What happens when boys become men? Well, if you're the formerly famous boy band Boyz II Men, you make an album of shamelessly schmaltzy covers. Yet with that timeless, impeccable Cooley High harmony still intact, the aptly titled Throwback, instead of guaranteeing the fellas a headline gig in Atlantic City, is a late-summer guilty pleasure that signals

Overview

What happens when boys become men? Well, if you're the formerly famous boy band Boyz II Men, you make an album of shamelessly schmaltzy covers. Yet with that timeless, impeccable Cooley High harmony still intact, the aptly titled Throwback, instead of guaranteeing the fellas a headline gig in Atlantic City, is a late-summer guilty pleasure that signals a welcome -- albeit occasionally cheesy -- comeback. Now a trio after the departure of bass vocalist Michael McCary, original members Wayna Morris, Shawn Stockman, and Nathan Morris put their riff-running stamp on 11 pop and soul classics culled from the '70s and '80s, including a harmony-layered reading of the Hall & Oates classic "Sara Smile"; a faithful cover of the Isleys' "For the Love of You" that would make Mr. Biggs proud; a sparse, acoustic guitar–assisted rendering of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature"; and a goose bump–inducing, a cappella version of DeBarge's "Time Will Reveal." With Throwback, Boyz II Men give their younger counterparts Justin Timberlake and Usher a vocal spanking, and leave their 30-something fans with a big, old-school grin.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rob Theakston
In the careers of nearly all adult contemporary artists, there is almost an unspoken, obligatory feeling that compels them to pay homage to their roots and inspirations by issuing covers albums. Sometimes these approaches work wonders for a career (case in point: the rejuvenation of Michael McDonald's career courtesy of a record chock-full of Motown covers, which was the defibrillator to an otherwise pulseless career), and sometimes they don't. Thankfully, the Boyz get it right most of the time on Throwback, but not without some setbacks. The reverence that the Boyz show here is evident by their sincere performances and track selection, which obviously pay homage to the radio and records they grew up with (which is self-evident thanks to the title). However, it's the production that is the dragging anchor keeping this album from really setting sail the way it begs to. Resorting to formulaic cookie-cutter R&B beats and production deters from the group's biggest strength: their voices. Of course, there are exceptions from time to time: an all-acoustic delivery of Michael Jackson's "Human Nature," the Philly soul goodness of Teddy Pendergrass' "Close the Door," and a surprisingly faithful arrangement of the Stylistics' "You Make Me Feel Brand New" all bring their true talents to the forefront. The vocals are just as sharp as ever, especially on their stirring interpretations of Hall & Oates' "Sara Smile" and "Human Nature." It's not a watershed moment in their catalog, but for those die-hard fans who simply love the group, it's an engaging listen and a charming audio yearbook.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/07/2004
Label:
Pony Canyon Japan
UPC:
4988013676107
catalogNumber:
1693

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boyz II Men   Primary Artist
MC Lyte   Vocals
Larry Gold   Strings,Horn
P-Nut   Bass,Guitar,Strings,Drums,Moog Synthesizer
Nathan Morris   Vocals,Multi Instruments,Track Performer
Wanya Morris   Vocals,Track Performer
Shawn Stockman   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Track Performer
Freddie D. Holiday   Drums
Colt R. Younger   Keyboards,fender rhodes
A.B. Frost   Keyboards
R. Kyle Frost   Bass,Drums,Keyboards
Claudette Ortiz   Vocals
Grecco Buratto   Guitar
Noel Terrell   Organ,Keyboards,fender rhodes
Patrick Crawford   Multi Instruments
Demien DeSandies   Bass,Guitar,Strings,Drums,Moog Synthesizer
Quan "Q" Paul   Bass

Technical Credits

Ernie Isley   Composer
Daryl Hall   Composer
Willie Mitchell   Composer
Chris Jasper   Composer
Reggie Andrews   Composer
T.D. Bell   Composer
John Bettis   Composer
DeBarge   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Hudson   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Marvin Isley   Composer
Ronald Isley   Composer
P-Nut   Producer
Alfons Kettner   Composer
Terry Morgan   Composer
Nathan Morris   Arranger,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Wanya Morris   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,drum programming,Vocal Producer
John Oates   Composer
Steve Porcaro   Composer
Dave Roberson   Composer
Shawn Stockman   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer,Vocal Arrangements,Vocal Producer,Instrumentation
Jeff Townes   drum programming
Jonathan "Corky" Meadows   Composer
Terence Dudley   Composer
Dino Hermann   Engineer
Robert Caldwell   Composer
Johnny Wright   Executive Producer
E. Jordan   Composer
Jif Hinger   Engineer
R. Kyle Frost   Engineer,drum programming
Grecco Buratto   Arranger,Guitar Arrangements
A. Judson Green   Composer
Patrick Crawford   Producer,Instrumentation
Demien DeSandies   Producer,Instrumentation
Craig Doggett   grooming,Groomer
Paul Janitas   Engineer

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Throwback 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now I'm not really a person who is into "cover" albums but I will say I was very pleased when I heard this new album from Boyz II Men. It goes without saying that vocally they are the best and this album showcases their vocal talents but also their production talents as well. They picked the best songs and made them their own. All the tracks are wonderful but my personal favorites are "Let's Stay Together", "I Miss You" and "You Make Me Feel Brand New". If you are a lover of old school music or just good R&B music, this is a CD that is a must for your collection.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boys II Men are doing the dang thing on this cd...if you love old school music sung really well, this is the cd for you...these guys are at the top of their games on this cd...
Guest More than 1 year ago
Boyz II Men has done it again!! This c.d is everything that you would expext from the Boyz!! The harmony is still tight and the c.d is wonderful. If you have an old soul this c.d is right for you!!!