It's been a while since these ex-boy banders registered on the pop culture meter, but here they are, fourteen years after their last album, with a few "distinguishing" wrinkles and less hair, but still sounding pretty good having updated their sound and rhythms.
All things considered, this is a pretty good album of solid tracks, even though some of the lyrics clearly belong to a younger generation. Guest artistes include Ne-Yo, Akon, The Pussycat Dolls and fellow 80's group New Edition.
The first single "Summertime" is the one that caught my attention, and I stuck around for "Single" the next release, featuring Ne-Yo. Other good tracks are the dance numbers "Big Girl Now" featuring Lady Gaga, and "Grown Man" with The Pussycat Dolls. "Dirty Dancing" also caught my attention, with its shout out to Patrick Swayze.
For slower R&B vibes try "2 in the Morning", "Click Click Click" and "Stare at You" and for the mid-tempo section there's "Full Service" (featuring New Edition), "Lights, Camera, Action" and "Put It on My Tab" (with Akon)
The deluxe edition has four more songs, and for less than a couple of bucks more, you might as well go for that version instead of this one. Whichever you choose, this album proves that even 80's boy bands can bounce back.
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