STAYING ON THE SAFE SIDE - PART II to the 1984 album...
Knyte | New York, NY | 05/28/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This being New Edition's third complete album, 'All For Love' was the last of their successful bubblegum records. 1986 was around the corner and the sound of music was changing and rap was becoming more popular in mainstream media - which meant fans wanted a more mature sound. In some respects, they got that from "All for Love" and once again, New Edition managed to keep going. The best way to describe this album is that it is a sequel to the previous one, with little change in formula. The album opens up with "Count Me Out" which employs the same sonic elements as "Cool It Now", but the song is still able to satisfy. "A Little Bit Of Love (Is All It Takes)" is the album's standout track, and sounds different than any of their previous material. The album mellows out on "Sweet Thing", another personal favorite of mine. New Edition manages to drop another classic on us in the form of "With You All The Way", which is a distant cousin of "Lost In Love" sonically. After one listen, you cannot deny its power however and quickly realize that this song is a gem."Friends" is a mellow song featuring Ricky Bell, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown, and is the last song in the first five song line-up that is consistently good. This song is innocent yet seductive at the same time, and illustrates the growing up that New Edition must have been going through during this time."Kickback" is O.K. Then on "Tonight's the Night", Ralph is able to convey a deep adolescent yearning for intimacy with his loved one. "Whispers In Bed" is the most risque of the ballads on this album, but somehow maintains the same innocence that we have come to expect from New Edition in the early to mid 80s. "Who Can You Trust" is another solo Bobby joint which is nice and catchy - too bad he was not around to push it as a single, it may have had a chance since it sounded somewhat different. The N.E. posse gets together on "School", a rap about the importance of staying in school. The message is good but the format is extremely cheesy. You have to give them props for the effort though. The title track (and last one) is utterly disappointing. To sum things up, the album starts off strong and goes downhill after "Friends". But it is still a good one to have for any NE fan in that it still has relevance in three hit singles and some noteworthy album tracks."
chy-bird | CA | 01/29/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This too is another classic by one of the very few groups who knew how to put on a show. Classic!No other group (I do notknow-maybe Boyz 2 Men came the closest) was like them. Even today the kids who are now knowing what a GREAT influence they are to boy bubble and boy soul groups of today. MAN WE MISS YOU NE. A.L.O.N.E. means a lover of new edition a group name me and friends of mine made up during those days and times."
Great Classic R&B!
andy8047 | Nokomis,Florida | 04/20/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"New Edition were fulfilling their contract with MCA records when they released this album in 1985. Preceding this album were 1983's CANDY GIRL and the self-titled album released the following year. Boston's "Jackson 5" scored with COUNT ME OUT which never made it above #15 on the pop/rock/R&B charts. Also,this album marked the end of Bobby Brown's tenure with the group. Following this album in 1986 was UNDER THE BLUE MOON and Johnny Gill replaced Brown when Brown pursued a solo career. The other songs are great."
"A lil' Bit of Magic"
Soulchild'sA'Comin' | Queens, NY USA | 12/02/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"My father owns the lp version of this. This NE lp made it official that they graduated from the bubble gum pop that they had on their first 2 decent lps. It was not as good as the first two, but it was decent. Count Me Out, was my favorite. Although not a pop hit, it was a great mature funk hit that was made into a humorous video (only video from the lp and absence of Bobby Brown). "A Little Bit Of Love" is another favorite of mine (featuring Bobby on ad-libs in the end). "Let's Be Friends, With You All The Way, Sweet Thing, and Kickback" are the other hot tracks on there and thats a wrap. Although this lp was different from the first 2, the other 5 tracks not mentioned was considered a dissappointment to me so I saw no point in purcahsing the cd form. 3 stars is not a bad shot though."
NEW EDITION IS THE BOMB
L. Curtis | California | 08/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"THIS CD IS BANGING THAT'S WHY IT IS THE RAREST ONE TO LOCATE. COUNT ME OUT IS BY FAR THE JAM AND THE GUYS REALLY SHOWCASE THEIR GROWTH ON THIS ONE. ANOTHER MUST HAVE FOR TRUE MUSIC LOVERS."