R&B icons Boyz II Men returned last fall with a new album, Collide, representing a left turn in the group’s 23-year career. The album includes zero ballads. It’s a collection of songs from all different types of genres and styles. The singing style and harmonies are typical Boyz II Men. Their newest single ‘Losing Sleep,’ more of a traditional track on the album, is probably one of many hits they’ll be performing downtown this week at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Since releasing their 20th anniversary album, Twenty in 2011, the trio has stayed busy on the road—kicking off a residency at the Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas in March of 2013. The group will be camping out here in Music City for three days on March 19, 20 and 21.
Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris and Shawn Stockman are total pros. The Boyz have just enough hits to make them a continuing marquee draw to old fans. II, their landmark album has sold over eight million copies since its 1994 release. Of course, they’ll be performing smash hits from that album, such as ‘I’ll Make Love to You’ and ‘On Bended Knee.’
The Boyz may have been lucky to be so big in the ’90s, that last great decade for the record industry, when albums such as II could sell 12 million copies before people started digital copying. A few of the Boyz’ songs are part of people’s lives. The history of what fans know is that Boyz II Men sing ballads and love songs. Unfortunately, people don’t listen to ballads much anymore (unless they’re live), because radio doesn’t play them.
It’s impressive that Boyz II Men, or at least three of them, stuck together since they were in high school. It’s quite clear they need each other.