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Album Review

Basically, Provocative is a retread of Johnny Gill, but it's a retread done right, since Gill's voice is in prime form and the dueling production teams of Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and L.A. Reid & Babyface make the music smooth, stylish, and funky.

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An Excellent Followup

While he couldn't and didn't top his personal best, 1990's self titled masterpiece, this album further shows off Gill's impressive vocal prowess. I have an alternate version of the record that features what I believe to be one of the best Johnny song's you've probably never heard. My version starts with the track "The Floor" which is a fantastic stomping new-jack rush. Followed by the similar and still stunning "Provacative" the album flows nicely between the hard dance-oriented songs to the sexy and mellow love jams. The American album closer, I Know Where I Stand sends Gill back to his church day's as he belts out to the man upstairs...honestly not my cup of tea, but it is worth mention because of the stellar vocal chops the man has. My album goes further with There U Go from the Boomerang soundtrack. This track set the charts afire in 1992 and you can see why, mellow and lilting with that voice that goes from a growl to a scream so effortlessly. The closer on my album is the one you HAVE to hear. The track is called Let's Just Run Away. Originally on the Mo' Money soundtrack, the song is a great standalone piece as well, as it is one of Gill's most stunning performances. I can't praise the song enough, than to say that it has become the most played track on my iPod. Mind you, my iPod is 80 GB's and full. This is a song to Savor, and worth seeking out if you can. All N' All this is a great work of art from a now dormant powerhouse...Wish he would release something new...

A Great Listen

This album was so well done. It didn't have the sales that Johnny's previous album did, but the songs are so good it's still a great purchase. "I Know Where I Stand" will stir your soul, as Johnny makes it clear that God is first in his life. Very moving.

DJ Curtis

Don't sleep on this underrated JG album, every track is good from start to finish. My favorites are "I got you" featuring BoyzIIMen, "tell me how you want it" and "long way from home" which really shows off his talent. These are classics that stand the test of time almost 2 decades later.


Born: May 22, 1966 in Washington D.C.

Genre: R&B/Soul

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

A singer behind eight solo and duet Top Ten R&B hits, as well as a member of New Edition since 1987, Johnny Gill was born in Washington, D.C., and began singing at a young age, beside his brothers in the gospel group Wings of Faith. His solo career began in 1983, when he signed to the Atlantic-affiliated Cotillion label and scored a number 29 R&B hit with his first single, the Freddie Perren-produced "Super Love." Even then, Gill had a mature and muscular voice -- one that sounded more like that...
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