Boyz II Men

Un­der the Street­light Sony Master­works

The Barrie Examiner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

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.

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