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Dont Be Cruel

Bobby (R-B) Brown Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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1. Cruel Prelude
2. Don't Be Cruel
3. My Perogative
4. Roni
5. Rock Wit'cha
6. Every Little Step
7. I'll Be Good To You
8. Take It Slow
9. All Day All Night
10. I Really Love You Girl
11. Cruel Reprise

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Although his first solo record tanked, this release looked like the beginning of a superstar career. Brown, a former lead vocalist with New Edition (he was replaced by Johnny Gill, but both men participate in most NE reunions) has an appealing, if somewhat grainy, voice. It's a good match for the hip-hop beats that underpin some of the best songs here, especially "My Prerogative," which at the time sounded like an anthem. His ability to deftly merge R&B's upscale and hip-hop street esthetic (both Teddy Riley and Babyface produce tracks on this CD) changed the role of the rake hero. Sadly, this was Brown's lone significant musical moment as a solo artist. Except for marrying Whitney Houston, his life since has become a skein of self-destructive activities. --Martin Johnson

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Brown,Bobby ~ Don't Be Cruel

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5.0 out of 5 stars real r&b music April 3 2004
Format:Audio CD
usher is the only artist today that still uses this style. bobby brown is so talented i can't believe he stopped making music. this is as classic of a cd as michael jackson's off the wall. get you life together and get back to what you do best music. i can't wait to hear some new music from you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most influential R&B album of the last 15 years March 20 2004
Format:Audio CD
When people think of the Bobby Brown these days, they think of the pathetic loser that's bringing down Whitney Houston's life and career; but at one time he was the biggest singer in the world. People were questioning his decision to leave New Edition; but it was the best move he could he could possibly make(and for New Edition; their post-Bobby album "Heartbreak" is a classic). This album is solely responsible for the raunchy bad boy R&B that is flooding the airwaves today; from Usher, B2K, Marques Houston, R.Kelly,Tyrese, Ginuwine and even Justin Timberlake owe B.Brown their careers. This has some of modern urban music's standards;"My Perogative"(which unfortunately be his life's theme song), "Roni"(MY SONG!), "Every Little Step", "On Our Own" and the anthemic title track. This will probably be Bobby's last shining moment in the spotlight; as the old saying goes: There's nothing worse in life to see than wasted potential.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Every Little Step I Take...You Will Be There... Feb. 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
I don't remember what it was earlier this year ( prolly the radio ) talking about old Bobby Brown was about to drop again and how it would be better than 'Don't Be Cruel'. I bust out laughing...I thought 'Impossible...preposterous, ludicrous!" After all, this album was THE JOINT when it dropped. I don't care what anyone said if you didn't have this album you were an outsider, a joke, the laughing stock. IF you didn't know "Don't Be Cruel" by heart, forget about having friends.
"Ohoh, girl
As long as I've been givin' my love to you
You should be givin' me your love, too
But you just keep on actin' just like a fool
You know it ain't cool
Don't Be Cruel...cause I would never be that cruel to you...
Don't Be Cruel...girl you need to change your attitude!"
You know you had your little childhood relationship battles...I know you did. That was the jam...it was undeniable. 'Roni' was equally the jam.
"My heart belongs to tenderoni ( she's my only love!)
She's My Only Love ( My Heart)
The truth about Roni, she's a sweet ol' girl
About the sweetest little girl in the whole wild world
She'll make the toughest homeboy fall deep in love
Said once you had a Roni you will never give her up
She's a special kind of girl that makes her daddy feel proud
You know the kinda girl that stands out in crowds
Found a tender roni and the Roni is so right
I think I'm gonna love her for the rest of my life"
WHAT!? Known by heart by many. And those were just the semi-jams. Don't forget about 'My Prerogative', 'Rock Witcha' and 'Every Little Step'. Straight up JAMMIN. Funky, movin, grooving, and straight up smoove. The Hip Hop and R&B was PERFECTLY blended here and never since has it been surpassed...maybe equalized but not surpassed. Definitely (in my mind) the opal of the New Jack swing era. Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruel...a MUST HAVE.
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5.0 out of 5 stars i love the 80's Dec 30 2003
Format:Audio CD
I LOVE THIS ALBUM. It really makes you long for the eighties when pop was cheesy but oh so good. Bobby sang and danced his heart out.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good stuff! Brings back memories... Dec 17 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is pretty (****) good album, when you listen to the stuff on here, you instantly feel that 80's feeling, the synthesized-reverb, the crazy bass instruments, this is just a great album all together. If you were fortunate enough to live the 80's and the early 90's to their fullest, then this CD will surely take you back. If you've got some left over holiday cash, go out and buy this CD, you'll be so glad you did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars new jack classics Nov. 24 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bobby Brown is credited for being the most commercially succcessful artist from the era now known as new jack swing. And with good reason too. Don't Be Cruel was his 2nd solo project that was in deep contrast to his 1st. It was more aggressive, harder-edged, and just a new artistic format overall. He always had a niche for rapping, even with new edition, and he truly shines on "dont be cruel", "my perogative", and "all day, all night". Not only did he prove that he could rap, but he also showed that he can croon too, as shown on classics like "roni", "rock witcha", and "i really love you girl". Overall, Brown showed his versatility and charisma, riding to the top of the r&b charts in the process. Brown may not have originated new jack swing, but he certainly is the one who popularized it, along with his cohorts new edition, guy, and al b. sure. If you are even a casual new jack fan, "Don't Be Cruel" is a must-have.
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3.0 out of 5 stars This was a great debut Nov. 17 2003
Format:Audio CD
Bobby Brown was fresh, exciting, and oh so cool. If you've forgotten why, give this a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars If You Don't Own This Album - Get It Now! Oct. 25 2003
By Stretch
Format:Audio CD
I remember when this album hit and his career was in full swing. I was in the 1st Grade. And my school was a scant few miles away from Roxbury, where Bobby grew up.
ANYONE worth a Dime at school had "Don't Be Cruel" in their Cassette WAlkman (Before CD's took hold heheh, back then they were relegated to Audiophiles. )
And if that wasn't the case you were going to see him live in concert, where he'd be putting on a Marathon stage show. After school on the bus ride home some kid used to always bring a Tape Deck w/ Speakers, and we'd play the title track at Full Blast.
Make no mistake Bobby Brown was the musical Messiah, the man of the moment. I've always lived in the City, so of course Bobby Brown was popular Near me, but what I wasn't aware at the time was that "Don't Be Cruel" was an across the board success, 7 million copies as of April 1995. So he had huge appeal in the Suburbs, but I wouldn't know cuz at the age of 6 You don't track record
Plus my only contact with the Suburbs were my teenage girl cousins, whom were more into the likes of New Kids on The Block. But I compared their sales with Brown's and the two numbers are equal! So Bobby was insanely
This album is a mini best-of in itself, it spun off five humongous hits: The Title Track, "My Prerogative", "Roni", "Rock Wit'cha" and "Every Little step", and they are sequenced in that running order, on most other albums which boast numerous hits, there's always a track which breaks the "Hit-Parade" flow.
The opening Title Track was diced and severely butchered from 6:45 Running lentgth to a 4 Minute and whatever seconds for a Radio Single, which doesn't do the song justice at all. In fact the Whole "Goosebump" feeling is lost for me.
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