From the Vault | New Edition: One Love

Home Again Was Better

[Originally posted on Amazon.com, June 7, 2005]

I’m sorry, but 1996’s Home Again was way better than this album. The fault isn’t really New Edition’s, it’s the P. Diddy production that messed this one up. The songs on Home Again actually had melody and harmony.

Some of the tracks on One Love just sound like leftovers from the Notorious B.I.G.’s albums. That’s because P. Diddy’s production style and choice of samples really have not changed in ten years. It’s no wonder why Faith and 112 have left Bad Boy.

Don’t get me wrong. I love New Edition. They’re the new millenium Temptations. (Bobby Brown=David Ruffin, Ralph Tresvant=Eddie Kendricks, Johnny Gill=Dennis Edwards, get it?) And they paved the way for all subsequent boy bands of the 80s and 90s. Just saw them in concert last month, and they tore up the place! They left Brian McKnight in the dust to pick up the pieces. (Incidentally and maybe purposefully, they did not perform any songs from One Love.) But this album just isn’t their best. I hope they ditch Bad Boy in the future, hook up with Jam and Lewis and put it down like no one’s business.

However, “Hot 2 Nite,” “That’s Why I Lied” and “Best Man” are really good. Oh well NE, maybe next time.

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