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Album Review

It's been over ten years since Ralph Tresvant stepped up to the plate with a solo record. And while much has changed in that time, it's as if the smooth voice of New Edition was pulling a Han Solo: frozen in carbonite and oblivious to the evolving events. Much to his credit he doesn't embarrass himself the way he did with the gangsta-lite It's Goin' Down, which was the equivalent of gangsta rap trading in its Raiders baseball cap and 40 ounce, washing its mouth out with Listerine, and donning a floral summer hat. And while Tresvant proves he still has the vocal chops to make the girls swoon two decades into his career, Rizz Wa Faire suffers from poor studio production, with textbook studio trickery and beats layered over studio synth presets. Of particularly poor taste is "Magic Underwear," where Tresvant does his best Justin Timberlake impersonation over a synth line that sounds eerily familiar to Kraftwerk's "Numbers." It's unfortunate that Tresvant has constantly struggled with production since his eponymous solo debut. Given the right production team, he could have been equally as successful as Bobby Brown, if not larger because of his vocal abilities. Fans of his work will find this an enjoyable affair, but here's hoping the next album isn't ten years from now, because it will be 13 years too late.

Customer Reviews

Good Album

Found out about this on Itunes- it was not released widescale due to budget limitations of the record company. The Album is good and features Ralph at the helm of most of the songwriting and production. Ralph Tresvant's fans will be glad to hear his vocal talents are still precise as ever; and it shows thru the whole record. Each song is well crafted Adult contemporary R&B. The only knock anybody can give this album is that Ralph tries on quite a few different rythmical styles and because of that the Album if listened to end to end lacks a signature style or an overall flow. What it also lacks is a clear knocked out of the park single - The Record Company picked My Homegirl to be the lead Single - but I prefer Angel, Something to Give , Magic Underwear & Strange emotions all over their choice.. All in all a good album though -especiall for us R.T. Fans.


Born: May 16, 1968 in Boston, MA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Ralph Tresvant sang lead on New Edition's hits and had his own gold number one R&B hit with the silky "Sensitivity." He was the last member to release a solo project of his own. All of the group's previous members had number one R&B hits: Bobby Brown with "Girlfriend " and Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronald DeVoe as Bell Biv DeVoe (aka BBD) with "Poison." Besides this, Tresvant had New Edition's formidable chart success to contend with: four number one R&B singles, "Candy Girl" (gold), "Cool...
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