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Of the six young men who have been part of the New Edition, Washington, D.C.-native Johnny Gill has far and away the best voice. And 1990's Johnny Gill is still the best album anyone connected with the New Edition has ever... more »
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Of the six young men who have been part of the New Edition, Washington, D.C.-native Johnny Gill has far and away the best voice. And 1990's Johnny Gill is still the best album anyone connected with the New Edition has ever made. Provocative revisits the formula of that triumph--handing over the creative responsibilities once again to the two hottest songwriter/producer teams in R&B, the macho Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and the romantic L.A. Reid and Babyface. This time, though, we get the formula instead of the triumph. All the pieces are there--the roof-rattling vocals, the industrial-strength beats, and the sumptuous synth harmonies--but there's no sense of a personality behind the machinery. Gill proves that he can growl and shout in sync with the slamming beats like any neo-disco-man, but Lewis's lyrics sound like the lines that single men on the prowl serve up in bars, and there's nothing in Gill's vocal to indicate that the words are anything but a line. Gill is still an impressive singer. "I Got You," written, produced, and sung by Boyz II Men, is blessed with appealing melodies and lush harmony singing, and "Long Way from Home" by L.A. Reid and Babyface is a truly romantic song that finds Gill finally opening up his heart to reassure a distant lover. He'll have to do that far more often if he wants to create the great soul music his voice makes possible. --Geoffrey Himes
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Johnny Gill once again pleases with the ballads
Derrick Dunn | Woodbridge,VA | 04/12/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Johnny Gill has always been best at ballads and is easily regarded as one of the best balladers of all time. His follow up to his 1990 CD didn't impress me as much but he's in top form on track 6-10 where his smooth vocals and amazing range are best suited."
Will someone give this man a record deal?
Reginald D. Garrard | Camilla, GA USA | 04/04/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Johnny Gill is a storm waiting too long to happen. Ever since his debut in the early eighties, his is a talent that has not been recognized by the masses. His modest successes as a solo artist, a duet partner (with Stacy Lattisaw), and a group member (New Edition) have yet to make him the superstar that he so richly deserves. The title of "Baby Luther" is warranted for he and Vandross share the same quality of interpreting a song."Provocative" shows Gill in a variety of formats, from dance ("The Floor") to romantic ballads ("Quiet Time to Play") to the sacred ("I Know Where I Stand"). It's on the latter that Gill presents a voice that is destined for the stage.A fun ditty is "A Cute, Sweet Love Addiction", written by Jam & Lewis, paying homage to Tyrone Davis's "If I Could Turn Back Time"."
A Fabulous Album
Reginald D. Garrard | 03/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I love this album, it is as good as his 1990 album. My favoorite songs are "A Cute, Sweet, Love Addition", "The Floor", "I Got You", "Provocative" and more. Johnny show a lot spunk and energy here, you can tell he is having a good time. They did a really great job on the production of this album, it whips azz compared to most pop/r&b around now. I recommend this album to anyone who enjoys soulful, funky, sexy, & smooth R&B."