Blazing Music Review: 3 Stripes BBD (Bell Biv DeVoe)
Rating: 5 STARS
As a serious New Edition fan from the beginning I, like the rest of urban America right now, have a sincere LOVE & fascination for Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins, and Ricky Bell, as I do the rest of the sensational six, but the new music of BBD, warrants praise beyond the nostalgic love for the legendary boy group and here’s why. Three Stripes is an eclectic mix of Hip Hop, Smooth out on the R&B tip with a Pop feel appeal to it FOR GROWN FOLKS and all generations. The debut cut from the collection “Run” is a classic tune from the onset as it samples the celebrated R&B/Jazz jam “Rise” by Herb Albert. Clubs and Cars across the country will be bumping that dance single along with the likes of “Hot Damn”, “Find A Way”, “I’m Betta”, and “Don’t Go”. In typical BBD fashion, this groove does not stop at the dance floor. They take the musical shenanigans straight to the bedrooms with jams like, “All That There”. It’s one of those songs where both sexes benefit if you know what I mean. Then the group ventures into uncharted territory for them where the listeners get to see the waters are just fine with ballroom/stepper’s cuts like, “One More Try” (duet with Boyz II Men) and the melodically delicious, “Incredible”. Collaborations with other widely respected talents like Doug E. Fresh on “Ready” and SWV with “Finally” wrap up the sum total of a damn good album, something this younger generation does not get to hear often, in the age of one hit wonders and such. Truth be told it’s been a mighty long time since fans have heard from Bell Biv DeVoe, but this collection of music has more hit potential, in my opinion than their mega-smash, Poison. That said, Three Stripes is a complete compilation of, “A lil sumthin for Ere’body,” and well worth the wait. Kudos for masterfully making fans new and old excited to see what this group has coming next! A Well Done R&B Project Indeed and I give it 5 Shining Stars.
February 3rd, 2017