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Bell Biv Devoe
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
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"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 DeVo...  more »


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All Artists: Bell Biv Devoe
Title: Bbd
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Universal Import
Release Date: 9/3/2007
Album Type: Explicit Lyrics, Import
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Pop, Rap & Hip-Hop, R&B
Styles: Soul, New Jack
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 044001645723, 0044001645723

"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

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Knyte | New York, NY | 12/20/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)

"Bell Biv DeVoe are three members of the 80s Pop/R&B supergroup New Edition. New Edition ruled the pop and R&B charts between 1983 and 1989. First Bobby Brown left, and enjoyed his heyday between 1986 and 1993. Next came Bell Biv DeVoe, the second most successful N.E. spin-off, and in 1990 they became the first act to win "Best New Artist" at the televised Billboard Music Awards. Later in '90, Johnny Gill dropped his classic release on Motown, and in 1991 lead-singer Ralph Tresvant dropped his debut album as well. To make a long story short, these guys are legends (all six members of New Edition) and this reviewer has looked up to them for a long time now.So how is the music on this CD? Unfortunately the word "mediocre" is the best way to describe it. I will however, highlight three songs that make this album worth trying out. Those songs are "In My Crib", "Da Hot...", and "Breezy":"In My Crib" is by far the tightest song on the album; I play it over and over again, and think this song could be BBD's first major hit in a long time. "IMC" sounds like something New Edition could pull off actually, since it features vocals by Mr. Sensitivity himself, the one and only Mr. Ralph Tresvant. Produced by Brandon and Brian Casey from Jagged Edge (good work, fellas - seriously!!!), the song has the same island groove that Bad Boy rapper Shyne's "Bonnie & Clyde" had -- remember that? It even features a subtle element from New Edition's 1988 ballad "I'm Comin Home" in the middle of the song before Ron's rap - extremely nice touch! "IMC" is the jaaaammmmm!Good song #2 is the first single, "Da Hot...". Produced by Da Rockwilder, the song is funky and sounds up-to-date. Good song #3 is "Breezy", produced by Heavy D and Tony Dofat. "Breezy" has a laid-back flow to it, and it's growing on me more and more...The rest of the album is a disappointment however; BBD's previous albums now sound even better than ever to me in light of this album. The 'Poison' album was a masterpiece - no other from that era sounded like it, and songs like "Ain't Nuthin Changed", and "I Do Need You" still make me yearn for the New Jack Era of 1988-1992. 1993's "Hootie Mack" had its share of not-so-good songs ("Ghetto Booty" anyone?), but I always loved "The Situation", "Nickel", and "Please Come Back" was just too bad that the group had waited so long to follow up. The remix album was dope too, especially for the lead single from that release, "Word To The Mutha". So there you have it - BBD's newest album is strictly for the die-hard fans. Casual listeners should stick with the singles...especially if "In My Crib" is next; it should be.Thanks for reading!"
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The Groove | Boston, MA | 01/19/2002
(1 out of 5 stars)

"This record's a dud, and it pains me to say this because, as a Bostonian, I have nothing but love for the New Edition and its members. But you'd have to ask why BBD bother to make a comeback record with this swill. Women don't get a fair shake in these songs as they're all treated like inflatable dolls. As much as I wanna give these fellow local bruhs credit, I have to say that this record embarasses me."
Decent to Good
Knyte | 01/26/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Athough it is not as good as their previous albums, it is like 3 steps above the songs from B2K. This album is more on the hardcore rap side than the R&B side. This cd has a decent set of tracks and vocals are good. Well, it is better this cd be explicit than "boy band" corny. This is suggested to from of hip-hop/R&B rap & long time fans. I also like that they don't overuse their sexiness like some other r&b groups."