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Audio, Cassette, Explicit Lyrics, December 18, 2001
Originally released in 2001, first album of new material from Superb R&B trio in eight years.
"We sellin' like Bon Jovi," Ronnie DeVoe drawls on BBD's "Scandalous." This is typical pop hype, but Bell Biv DeVoe should be happy their lyrics weren't screened by fact checkers. BBD (Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and DeVoe) hasn't clocked platinum units since their 1990 debut, Poison. Back then the trio, an offshoot of '80s superstar boy group New Edition, laced smooth harmonies to rugged beats and misogynist lyrics, making their first one of the best (and most widely imitated) R&B records of the era. After the moderately successful '93 follow-up, Hootie Mack, Bell Biv DeVoe are back, trying to appeal to an audience that's now saturated with thugged-out Romeos and has no idea how groundbreaking the trio was. Sadly, BBD does their legacy little good with this lackluster effort. Now in their 30s, Bell, Biv, and DeVoe still think the lady is a tramp, but while they once spit out their sex-you-ups with a bad-boy bite, new cuts like the thumping "Dance B----" just sound bitter. The vibe is better when the trio lets the love flow, as on the silky "I Ain't Going Nowhere," which proves BBD can still make the females swoon. --Amy Linden
Mind you, I have no such category, but why did you have to release this album, Universal Records? HOOTIE MACK was a sign that Bell Biv Devoe was losing steam after the so hot... Read morePublished 2 months ago by capaBILLity
Ok album compared to their early stuff. With this the group breaks away from its more traditional sound. With a more harder edge.Published 15 months ago by Patrick Small
i am a big new edition fan as well as bbd, however this cd was scratched and i was not able to listen to most of the songsPublished on May 5, 2013 by jab
I know that this is their background and not the kid group we think that they all came from, but trying to regain the charts with this did not achieve or attempt to put them in the... Read morePublished on June 9, 2012 by JON WATSON
I thought this album was pretty-darN-g00d!!
The Album opener "Sic Wit It" with its mix of shimmering, soulful vocals and rapping is a clue to BBD's general direction,... Read more
As I make this review, I see that there is only 1 (one) left in stock. (SMH) I am a true to the game New Edition fan & I like BBD also but this cd is not one of their better one's. Read morePublished on February 12, 2009 by DJK30
I thought this album by Bell Biv Devoe was good, but not as good as Poison or Hootie Mack. Most of the songs continue the wild themes displayed on Poison, but there are some very... Read morePublished on March 12, 2006 by Preston
I don't know what BBD was thinking. Maybe they needed some extra money or whatever. This CD seems like it was put together sloppily. Read morePublished on August 10, 2002 by Smilez