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Super Savvy - It Must Be You - Billboard Magazine Review

XMG Records

It Must Be You

Any fan of VH1 Classic's "Totally 80s" is accustomed to heaping helpings of New Edition, led by the falsetto strains of Ralph Tresvant. The 40-year-old singer marks 25 years in the biz via super-savvy "It Must Be You." The track loops an inverted sample of Ambrosia's 1978 "How Much I Feel" to clever effect, alongside a keen chorus and vocal that now possess gritty grown-up tonality. Written and produced by collective the Disciples, "You" blends a retro soul vibe alongside equally high-caliber instrumental and melodic hooks. A couple of listens reveals a gem tailor-made for adult R&B listeners—as long as radio makes clear the connection between past and present. Tresvant's new edition works like a charm.—Chuck Taylor

Happy 25 years NE!!!


I was pretty suprised when I first heard this a couple months ago. I am very excited to hear his new cd...hopefully it will be better than his last effort.

2008 marks 25 years for New Edition...I am hoping for more than one good single from the fellas!!!!

Heavy Weight Champion

Vanella Fella

The bell has rung, Rizz comes out swinging straight to the dome with a feel good vibe to make me want to ride coast to coast with my ipod on replay!!!!!!! Definately a 1st Round KO!!!!!

About Ralph Tresvant

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 It Now," "Mr. Telephone Man," and "Can You Stand the Rain." Could Ralph Tresvant have hits after New Edition as a solo artist? But then again having Tresvant's record come out after his previous bandmates could be an advantage because he could gauge what his music should be like based on the response of the fans.

Born May 15, 1968, to Patricia Ann Tresvant and Ralph Tresvant, Sr., Ralph Tresvant grew in the Roxbury section of Boston. He joined Bobby Brown, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronald DeVoe in a group formed by producer/songwriter Maurice Starr. Starr's concept was to form a group that was basically a "new edition" of the Jackson 5. Paradoxically, Motown founder Berry Gordy wanted to mold the Jackson 5 into a "new edition" of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers. Signed to StreetWise Records, the group scored with "Candy Girl." The hits continued with "Is This the End" (number eight R&B), "Lost in Love" (number six R&B), "Count Me Out" (number two R&B for two weeks), "Earth Angel" from the movie Karate Kid Part 2 (number three R&B), "Once in a Lifetime Groove" from the Gregory Hines/Billy Crystal movie Running Scared (number ten R&B), "Tears on My Pillow" with Little Anthony of Little Anthony and the Imperials, "If It Isn't Love" (number two R&B, number seven pop), "You're Not My Kind of Girl" (number three R&B), and "Crucial" (number four R&B).

Signing to MCA Records as a solo artist, Tresvant expressed his apprehension about becoming a solo artist and trying to match his previous successes in various interviews. Producers/songwriters Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis felt confident in Tresvant's abilities having work with him on the group's double-platinum LP Heartbreak. They had him sing the lead and background vocals on the song they had written for him, "Sensitivity." "Sensitivity" sold over a million copies, going to number one R&B and number four pop on Billboard's charts in fall 1990. His solo debut, Ralph Tresvant, was released November 27, 1990, and went platinum, parking at number one R&B for two weeks. The LP also yielded the charting hits "Stone Cold Gentleman," "Do What I Gotta Do," and "Rated X." For Jam & Lewis' Perspective Records, Tresvant sang on the 1992 hit "The Best Things in Life Are Free" issued as "Luther Vandross and Janet Jackson with BBD and Ralph Tresvant." That was followed by his own hit single, "Money Can't Buy You Love," from the Damon and Marlon Wayans movie Mo' Money. The singer appeared in the movie House Party 2. Tresvant was on the 1996 New Edition reunion album, Home Again and there was a 1998 MCA Special Products CD It's Goin' Down. ~ Ed Hogan

    Boston, MA
  • BORN
    May 16, 1968




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