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Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Tracy E. Hopkins
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923573524
  • Catalog Number: 5735
  • Sales rank: 68,826

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Let It Whip (4:37)
  2. 2 Let's Stay Together (3:55)
  3. 3 What You Won't Do for Love (4:08)
  4. 4 Cutie Pie (5:07)
  5. 5 Close the Door (4:12)
  6. 6 For the Love of You (5:41)
  7. 7 Sara Smile (3:40)
  8. 8 Human Nature - Claudette Ortiz (4:10)
  9. 9 Time Will Reveal (4:20)
  10. 10 I Miss You (5:35)
  11. 11 You Make Me Feel Brand New (7:55)
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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
Eldra DeBarge Composer
Kenny Gamble Composer
Al 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
Herb Powers Mastering
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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    You Better Get This One

    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!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best R&B Group of All Time is Back!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    excellent cd, great harmony

    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...

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