by Boyz II Men



In the liner notes for Collide, Boyz II Men's first album since 2011's Twenty, the trio say their approach was "sing whatever you like," "sing whatever feels right," a move they see as "risky after many years of the same old thing." More revealing, they confess that they had "lost the joy" and were too concerned with airplay and sales. While those words seem like they should be written in support of an album involving a great deal of creative self-control, Collide was made with at least three dozen songwriters and producers. In fact, Nathan, Shawn, and Wanya produced only the vocals and did none of the writing -- surprising, given the amount of effort they put forth for Twenty. This is easily the group's most scattered album, as it offers various shades of ballads, some throwbacks, oddly escapist adult alternative fare, and even anthemic rockers. The undeniably pleasing moments are led by "Don't Stop" -- a natural and loose disco groove -- while "Believe Us," filled with appealingly dark undercurrents, wouldn't be out of place on commercial radio stations and does not resemble a compromise. The men definitely appear to have enjoyed making this. Hopefully they can get back to writing for themselves and leaning on fewer producers, too.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/21/2014
Label: Bmg Rights Managemen
UPC: 0859381011347
catalogNumber: 81011347

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Boyz II Men   Primary Artist
John Cave   Guitar
Erik Nelson   Bass,Guitar
Emile Ghantous   Drums
Zac Clark   Organ
Coley O'Toole   Piano
Stefan Litrownik   Percussion
Dwayne "Dem Jointz" Abernathy   Vocals
Lucas Nathanson   Piano
David Ginyard   Bass
Scott Effman   Guitar
David "D Brown" Brown   Vocals
Synematik   Percussion,Keyboards
Page Brothers   Percussion,Keyboards
Joseph Ballaro   Bass

Technical Credits

Nathan Morris   Vocal Producer
Wanya Morris   Vocal Producer
John Ryan   Composer,Producer
Shawn Stockman   Vocal Producer
Alan Armitage   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Wayne Haun   String Arrangements
Erik Nelson   Composer,Producer
Steve Daly   Composer,Programming,Producer
Richard Furch   Engineer
Aaron Pearce   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Matt Radosevich   Producer
Dem Jointz   Producer
Negin Djafari   Composer
Jim Beanz   Producer
Adam Pallin   Composer,Producer
Emile Ghantous   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Nasri Atweh   Composer
Lucas Secon   Composer,Producer
Coley O'Toole   Composer
Jeremy Hunter   Engineer
J. Washington   Composer
B. Nelson   Composer
Alvin Issacs   Composer,Producer
Alberto Seveso   Illustrations
Mizzle   Producer
J. Cotter   Composer
Corey Gibson   Composer,Engineer
Dwayne "Dem Jointz" Abernathy   Composer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Adeniyi Adelekan   Composer
Lucas Nathanson   Arranger,Composer
Composer   Producer
Scott Effman   Composer
Fridolin N. Schjoldan   Composer,Producer
Jenn Decilveo   Composer
Keith Hetrick   Programming,Producer
Monsters   Producer
Strangerz   Producer
Ambience   Producer
David "D Brown" Brown   Composer
Synematik   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Page Brothers   Producer,drum programming
Greg Bottka   Live Sound Engineer
Gonzalo Contreras   Engineer
Davin Brummett   Monitor Engineer
Cliff Vinson   Tour Manager

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