10 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is prime ‘80s synth-funk and hip-hop from five Boston kids who’d soon become icons. Falsetto-voiced lead singer Ralph Tresvant shines, especially on electrofied video-arcade jams like “Popcorn Love” and the title track, while Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins rock the hip-hop cipher of “Pass the Beat.” Bell’s heartbreak underlines the teenage ballad “Is This the End,” and Bivins’ spoken-word performance adds a doo-wop touch to “Jealous Girl.” Future boy bands like New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys took notes.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This is prime ‘80s synth-funk and hip-hop from five Boston kids who’d soon become icons. Falsetto-voiced lead singer Ralph Tresvant shines, especially on electrofied video-arcade jams like “Popcorn Love” and the title track, while Ronnie DeVoe, Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, and Michael Bivins rock the hip-hop cipher of “Pass the Beat.” Bell’s heartbreak underlines the teenage ballad “Is This the End,” and Bivins’ spoken-word performance adds a doo-wop touch to “Jealous Girl.” Future boy bands like New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys took notes.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
70 Ratings
70 Ratings
Azone1983 ,

"Take a Pick, Baby Its Yours!"

Although young, they had the talent. 1983 was a very competitive year for black music and Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie, Shalamar, The Gap Band, and The Pointer Sisters were those no one can compete with and so were New Edition (1980s version of the Jackson 5) with thier classic bubble gum pop/soul hits.

I love the #1 R&B title track of course as well as the #25 R&B hit, "Popcorn Love." Proper adolescent slow jams such as "Is This The End" and the album closer "Jealous Girl" were what sparked the album and I love the music video of the former and Soul Train performance of the latter (performed 1 year after the album's release). I dug all the other tracks from the album except for the boring, "Ohh Baby" 9 out of 10, but you can't win them all from boys ages 14 and 15. Since this album/cd is still in print (unlike many other old school albums), this is a must purchase/download for any NE fan. I'm glad I own this cd and their self titled and Heartbreak of which these three are their best!!

cookie n cream ,

wow

Even though i was only 3 when this album came out I can't get even of New Edition!!

They are soo fine.

FAMEcheerDANCER1 ,

amazing

i love new edition, i wasn't even alive in the 80's. the 80's work of theirs is way better than the 90's!

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