Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Playtyme Is Over
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Bubblegum-soul has been a staple of the R&B charts from the Jackson 5 through New Edition to the New Kids on the Block. Dominating the genre this year is Immature, the L.A. trio that scored a top-10 single with "Never Lie.... more »
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Bubblegum-soul has been a staple of the R&B charts from the Jackson 5 through New Edition to the New Kids on the Block. Dominating the genre this year is Immature, the L.A. trio that scored a top-10 single with "Never Lie." Immature may well be one of the few bubblegum-soul groups to outlast adolescence because it has two important assets: a marvelous ballad singer in 13-year-old Marques Houston and a hook-savvy songwriter-producer in Chris Stokes. Deftly balancing sweet soul harmonies and hip-hop beats, the Immature album Playtime Is Over has pleasures beyond its hit single and rewards for listeners of all ages. Houston and his two bandmates, Jerome Jones and new addition Kelton Kessee, were only 12 when they recorded the album but they sound markedly more accomplished and sophisticated than they did on the group's '93 debut flop. The puppy-love innocence of songs like "Walk You Home" and "Summertime" is refreshing in the current R&B scene, but anyone who has ever had a romantic impulse will identify with the giddy infatuation of "I Don't Mind" and the new single, "Constantly." A few raps are sprinkled through the album, but the emphasis is clearly on romantic balladry, and the combination of Stokes's catchy melodies, the silky three-part harmonies, and Houston's relaxed, seductive leads proves irresistible. --Geoffrey Himes
Not so Immature....
Ingrid | South Carolina | 01/03/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I absolutely love Immature's "Playtyme Is Over" album. I listened to it a lot back in the day and I still listen to it. It's definitely one of the best albums of all time. It's mature, grown-up and sexy....a sound that many people would assume is inappropriate for 13-year-olds, but they pulled off the sound very well. To this day, I'm still a fan and this album is still one of my favorites. I will always hold a special place in my heart for Immature...and an extra special place for Batman. :)"
Dance Dance Dance | 12/29/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As soon as I heard "Never Lie" I was hooked. This song as well as the others are great. They sing such sophisticated songs despite their age. Great work boys !"
Carltouis Stevenson | Angeles Mesa, Los Angeles | 07/03/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As most of the music industry's 'kiddie' groups that are one hit, one album wonders, Immature had a sound and a style that changed and led them to multiple releases and hits. What makes this album standout is the production and the slow grooves. "Never Lie", produced by Chris Stokes (also responsible for B2K, Marques Houston and Omarion) & Claudio Cueni captured the group in a more sophisticated atmosphere with the live acoustic guitar. Young Marques Houston was impressive on the mature "Constantly", which in fact happen to be the song that made me purchase this album. Both versions of "I Don't Mind" instantly rekindle memories. I wish the Padapella Mix of "Never Lie" was on here as well to push this on that other level."