Boyz II Men
Under the Streetlight Sony Masterworks
The guys who gave us MotownPhilly in 1991 make fun of themselves in a Geico ad in which they harmonize gross digestive sideeffects at a pharmacy. “If you’re Boyz II Men, you make anything sound good,” says the announcer.
And on a new CD, they prove they can make already good songs sound very good indeed.
On Under the Streetlight, the Boyz tackle covers of classic tunes by the likes of Carole King, Sam Cooke and Randy Newman.
This is dangerous territory in the wrong hands but Under the Streetlight manages to give each song the Boyz’ soulful barbershop quartet treatment with respect and admiration for the originals, especially with a superb version of Why Do Fools Fall in Love. Boyz II Men mined the tradition of Motown boy groups like the Temptations and the Four Tops and evolved it.
There’s even a welcome new edition — the original song
Ladies Man, which is a slice of multi-harmony sunshine.
The Associated Press
Boyz II Men make anything sound good.