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Album Review

With Bobby Brown, Bell Biv DeVoe, and Johnny Gill all doing quite well outside of New Edition in 1990, it wasn't surprising that colleague Ralph Tresvant pursued a solo career. This self-titled R&B/pop release isn't quite as distinguished or as confident as the music Brown, BBD, and Gill had been doing on their own, but it has its moments, including the smooth ballad "I Love You (Just for You)," the nice-guy manifesto "Stone Cold Gentleman," and the new jack swing tune "Public Figure (Ordinary Guy)." Some of urban contemporary's hottest producers (Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Wolf & Epic, among others) are employed, and none of the material is really bad.

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Too Cool

all the tracks are slamming. Sensitivity & Do What i Gotta Do are 2 of my fav track all the album

N.E.'s original point guard

“Yo baby you better tell ‘em! This rhythm is ‘Rated R!’” Interesting first words on an album introduced to us by “Sensitivity.” And in a nutshell, if there’s a downfall to Ralph Tresvant’s long awaited solo debut, it is that. It is rugged where we’d never expect it. We understand that Ralph likes to rap, as New Edition has always been a hip-hop friendly entity, but he was the smooth one. Only further sold by his #1 black, top five pop smash single and it’s top 10 follow-up “Stone Cold Gentleman.” Maybe it’s the ‘stone cold’ we need to focus on. It’s not even that Tresvant can’t rap. His skills are amazingly above average, as “Rated R” and “Public Figure” may just give him the title (inside N.E.) for the best emcee. Vividly depicting the 9 year-run of his career as one of the most wanted teen idols in history-let’s be honest, Ralph was always the highest vote getter in those Right On! magazines. The man has quite a bit to talk about with the kind of fanfare that sold the 10 million records N.E. had by this point. Some braggadocio might’ve been needed, and Lord knows you can’t get all that in a ‘song.’ The danger is sacrificing the very ones who’ve adored and endeared and waited anxiously for this solo venture because the delicate contralto Tresvant’s voice grunts and spits more than croons the way his voice actually demands. When he gets smooth, he is the smoothest. No question. Add to that, Jam & Lewis’ unparalleled composition and productions of “Sensitivity” and “Do What I Gotta Do,” and you have the perfect canvas for Tresvant’s paint. The former is undoubtedly among Jam & Lewis’ finest productions borrowing production elements from their Janet Jackson work and even some Marvin Gaye (reflective but not replication). Ralph’s short verse on this is perfectly placed void of the spit/grit present in other verses. All stops were pulled for Ralph Tresvant. Save for Teddy Riley, every hit producer used on the platinum releases of Johnny, Bobby, and BBD were called. Hell, Bobby even showed up for “Gentleman” even if he only said one line. While the album is very good, it falls from great considering its potential for classic. Tresvant never went wrong when going with Jam & Lewis. His Mo’ Money contribution “Money Can’t Buy You Love” was the most enduring tune on the soundtrack and his follow-up album, which was a commercial flop, possibly failed with the lack of Jam & Lewis involvement. Their 3 contributions are arguably the only credible recordings of the project and weren’t properly marketed when the MCA promotional machine failed New Edition as a whole on sophomore releases. New Edition would go on to be the only entity to ever go platinum collectively, split and have every individual leg go platinum, then reunite and go platinum again. A true testament to consistency and excellence in African-American entertainment-New Edition are legends.

This is a beautiful album!

What is there to say about this album, Ralph has a very good voice and it shows in Sensitivity, Do What I Gotta Do, Last Night and many others. He mixes a little New Jack Swing in here too. If you havent heard this cd yet I suggest you do, it his a definite must buy for New Edition 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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