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Poison (Cassette)

By: Bell Biv DeVoe (Artist)

Current Price: $3.59

Bell Biv DeVoe Artist Snapshot:

At the very least, Bell Biv Devoe is a testament to the starpower that resulted from 1980s boy band New Edition. The trio left New Edition in the late '80s and went on to become one of the most successful New Jack Swing ensembles of the day. Their debut, POISON, was a smash and kept them competitive with fellow New Edition alumni Bobby Brown, Johnny Gill, and Ralph Tresvant. Though BBD never repeated the success of their debut, their mark on pop music extended well beyond their own sound, as they were instrumental in launching the career of Boyz II Men, one of the top-selling R&B acts of the '90s. BBD continued to record and perform into the new millennium, and they participated in both New Edition reunions.

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DISC 1 for Poison (Cassette) Album By Bell Biv DeVoe (Artist)
1   Dope!
2   B.B.D. (I Thought It Was Me)?
3   Let Me Know Something?!
4   Do Me!
5   Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky, Mike, Ralph and Johnny (Word to the Mutha)!
6   Poison
7   Ain't Nut'in' Changed
8   When Will I See You Smile Again?
9   I Do Need You
10   Poison [Extended Club Version][*]

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In 1990, it was still fairly novel to mix R&B songcraft with overpowering hip-hop beats, so this spinoff by New Edition members Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, and Ronnie DeVoe seemed innovative and exciting. Sadly it hasn't aged well. None of the three are compelling singers, and they lack the ability to plead for love effectively (anyone can demand love, but a true soulman has to convince a reluctant participant). Nor are they imaginative rappers--neither their words nor their delivery stand out. But this disc came before the likes of Missy Elliott, Puff Daddy, Jermaine Dupri, or Dallas Austin made a big impact on the scene. As such it's a fine document of black teenage lust during the Gulf War months. --Martin Johnson

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