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Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya
Boyz II Men
Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
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In the early '90s there was no hotter group in R&B than Boyz II Men. The Philadelphia foursome were smoother than their hometown brand of cream cheese, and they shattered chart records with lush, smartly crafted ballads...  more »


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All Artists: Boyz II Men
Title: Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 5
Label: Umvd Labels
Original Release Date: 9/12/2000
Release Date: 9/12/2000
Album Type: Enhanced
Genres: Blues, Pop, R&B
Styles: Contemporary Blues, Adult Contemporary, Contemporary R&B, Soul
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 601215928129

In the early '90s there was no hotter group in R&B than Boyz II Men. The Philadelphia foursome were smoother than their hometown brand of cream cheese, and they shattered chart records with lush, smartly crafted ballads. They also almost single-handedly brought the art of harmony singing back to pop music and paved the way (don't hate them) for the succeeding onslaught of (lesser) boy bands and teen idols. The big news isn't just that the group is back on the scene, ready to reclaim their crown. It's that this CD is self penned and self produced; and the low-key-but-pointed title indicates that the group, who always relied less on image than on musicality, is ready to prove that substance does matter. That the foursome, who still sound great, wrote this album is no minor detail because, at their height, Boyz II Men were the recipients of some of the best songs that serial hitmakers such as Jam and Lewis and Babyface had in their respective trick bags. On this, their fifth CD, the group works without that creative safety net, and it's clear that the time in the studio with the aforementioned hitmakers was well spent. The single "Passing You By" is heartfelt, sensitive, and anchored with a memorable melody. Better still is "Dreams," a song that, with its twists and turns and heartachey emotion, might be one of Boyz II Men's most beautiful tracks to date. They have created a very soulful, very adult, and very good record. Call it a comeback. --Amy Linden

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A comeback? How about a takeback?
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Their past outing with Evolution had been somewhat of a disappointment to fans and critics alike, but this album is definitely set to change things. Out are the big-time producers like Jimmy Jam and Babyface, this time the Boyz have gone out on their own and the results are more than remarkable. They have written and produced almost the entire album, a feat that few artists could successully undertake. With a little latin flavour added into the mix, tracks like "What the Deal" show that these guys really know their music and have taken their material to a new level. Dripping with infectious melodies, the songs "Step on Up", "Beautiful Women" and "Good guy" (sporting a very distinct Jermaine Dupri sound) are examples of how these guys can produce excellent up-tempo tracks that were almost non-existent in their past outing with Evolution. And fans of the trademark Boyz II Men ballads are in for a real mush fest, as they are better than ever. The mellow sounds of "Pass you by" and "Do you remember" are incredibly moving and thought provoking. "Dreams" and "Thank you in Advance" are truelly heartfelt songs that prove that these guys really write and sing with emotion. And yes, you can even feel it with each spine tingling harmony. And to set the record straight, they perform "I do", an acappela track that is a testament to their singing ability and reason for their survival after ten years of being in the music business. Nathan Micheal Shawn Wanya is an album that should be appreciated for its a depth and variety and although it took three years of waiting, it was well worth the time. This album is evidence that once you've achieved almost everything a musician could dream of, there is still room to grow and produce an even more mature and memorable album. This is for the real music fans out there. Enough of cheesy pop boybands with little or no emotional content in their material. Welcome back Boyz II Men, you've outdone yourselves once again."
Nathan, Mike, Shawn, Wanya are back!!
Tony_Tone | Washington, D.C., District of Columbia United Stat | 09/13/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"After countless hits like End Of The Road, Please Dont Go, On Bended Knees, I'll Make Love To You, Water Run Dry, Song For Momma .. Four albums including their christmas CD.. They return with their 5th CD on a new label.. After their last effort Evolution was overlook not promoted right.. They return with their first album in three years.. What stays in tact is that silky, smooth harmonzing that still sounds great.. This time around on this CD majority of the tracks on this album was produced by Boyz II Men with little help from the hitmaking writers She'kspere and Kandi Burrus who are responsible for some of the biggest hits today for people Destiny's Child, Joe, countless others.. The 14 track CD is evenly balanced with uptempo tunes, midtempo tunes, ballads.. The CD starts great with Beautiful Women.. A great tribute to the beautiful women of the world this song moves along to an acoustic-spanish guitar and latin beat .Step on Up is a party tune that deals with just wanting to get away somewhere to just have a good time after dealing with the pressures of every day life.. I am sure every one can relate to this songBounce, Shake, Move, Swing is another party track that should get some play in the clubs These cuts are certainly worth checking out of the uptempo songs.. But the best moments on this CD is the ballads.. The ballads sound great among the best of the ballads Lovely, Thank You In Advance, the beautiful written Dreams, Pass You By.. This is an excellent CD i highly recommended it for all music lovers and certainly if you are a real Boyz II Men fan you have to pick this up .. You will not be disappointed"
So Glad They're Back
R. Kearns-White | BROOKLYN, NY United States | 09/13/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Boyz II Men return to the R&B scene after a three year haitus is greatly welcomed. In a throng of male vocal acts who can't decide if they want to be thugs or crooners and equate sex with love, it's nice to hear Boyz II Men on the radio singing with heartfelt emotion. Their new album, "Nathan, Michael, Shawn, Wayna," brims with mid-tempo dance treats that don't hide their vocal talents (like on their previous cd Evolution). The ballads, of course, are what they do best. "Lovely," the 12th track on the cd, reminds fans of current R&B that songs about making love do not have to be raunchy (as they proved 9 years ago with the song "Oooh, Ahhh"). Boyz wrote or co-wrote nearly every song on this good and solid album, proving that they have strengths both in front of and behind the microphones. Many reviewers will say that Boyz II Men's sound has finally grown up, but it was grown already. Their material has always held the balance of being radio friendly and good. The cd packaging, however, tries very hard to shed their old good guy images. Wayna sports corn rows and Shawn gives us a peek at his undies. Perhaps this is what is needed to sell records in the R&B market today. The fellas even allude to it in the aptly titled track "Good Guy." "I try to be the good guy; You take me for granted; Rather have a man that will tell you lies; Tell me why, tell me why I should be the good guy and get left for the man that don't treat you right; There's nothing good in being good guys; Tell me why..."I'll tell them why. Because in the year 2000, R&B needs the good guys again."