Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville USA Image
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  • Summary: Boyz II Men's latest album features covers of Motown hits.
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 6
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  1. Save the Four Tops medley there has yet to be a match for Levi Stubbs--the Boyz sound as strong and harmonious as ever.
  2. 70
    Their lush signature harmonies remain intact, but these pedestrian readings ['Got To Be There' and 'War'] rarely deviate from their inspirations. [Dec 2007, p.112]
  3. While the majority of the cuts expertly merge the group's melodic vocals, the aggressive chants of Edwin Starr's 'War' are unbefitting an act known for silky ballads.
  4. The material tends to work best when they sound relatively relaxed, as opposed to when it is obvious that they are trying very hard to honor the originals while being over-demonstrative with their obviously gifted voices.
  5. After their vaguely successful '04 covers album, "Throwback," the Boyz return with another throwback, this time sleepwalking through classics. [16 Nov 2007, p.79]
  6. Hitsville's unrelenting smoothness verges on kitsch and quickly becomes grating.
Score distribution:
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  1. Zyous
    Dec 2, 2007
    10
    They still got it! what a pleasure to hear back their harmonies, nothing sounds better.
  2. JoeL.
    Dec 7, 2007
    10
    They make these songs even more beautiful.
  3. JSanders
    Apr 1, 2008
    10
    Fantastic CD! Many thanks to the Boyz for giving my teens and 12 year old something worthwhile to listen to and introducing them to sounds of Motown past. They did not change the integrity of the songs, but just added their special touch which is fabulous. Expand