'"Believe" is my anthem! As a teacher, I think that many schools should use this song to inspire kids...not just at pep rallies, but at other functions like test preps. "I Refuse to be the Reason" is the song for any guys who have stayed faithful to a woman and then been left when she decides she doesn't want to try anymore (even though it's more her fault). "I Shoulda Lied" is an incredible statement about the semi-ethical issue of whether being honest is actually what women want or should be given...though "Benefit of a Fool" shows that an old "dog" can learn new "tricks" if he has the right woman. Guyz, this is an outstanding album and I am seeing a Grammy in your immediate 2012 future. My only issue with the album is that "Please Don't Go" and "Pass You By" weren't on it. Reading the insert, I'm sorry about what happened with Mike...He is totally missing out. Waiting for the new(er) album in 2012! (that means the NEXT one)
Best Songs: Believe, Refuse to be the Reason, Benefit of a Fool, Slowly, I Shoulda Lied, and Not Like You.
Worst Song: More than You'll Ever Know (Who picks BIIM's singles? The first single should have been Believe or, well, one of the songs on my "Best Songs" list.
Weird Moments: 1 Will you be there sounds like a Janet Jackson song from the mid-90's...2) Motownphilly having a 40-something year old Mike Bivins still saying the same words, 3) the fact that most of the re-recorded songs sound better than the originals, 3) Not Like You being a song that should have been on a Shawn Stockman solo album.
Grammy nominations are forthcoming. This is the Boyz's best album since II because Evolution and Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya (and really, Full Circle, too) had songs on them that didn't fit...like one or two per album that should have been just left off--Can't Let Her Go (Evolution), Bounce, Shake, Move, Swing (NMSW), Roll Wit Me and Ain't a Thang Wrong (Full Circle)...
I rank their albums like this:
1) II (1994)
2) Twenty (2011)
3) NMSW (2000)
4) Cooleyhighharmony (1992)
5) Remedy (2006)
6) Full Circle (2002)
7) Evolution (1997)
1) Christmas Interpretations (1993)
2) Motown: A Journey Through Hitsville (2007)
3) Throwback (2004)
4) The Remix Album (1995)
Excellent Job Boyz!!!