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Evolution Review

by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Evolution is supposed to capture Boyz II Men in full maturity, but it sounds surprisingly similar to their blockbuster II. Like that album, Evolution relies on ballads, downplaying the group's dance-pop side. There are still several up-tempo numbers on the record, but it's clear that the group and their producers were more concerned with smooth ballads like "4 Seasons of Loneliness" and "A Song for Mama," which they deliver with typical grace. However, Boyz II Men's signature sound is beginning to sound like a formula, especially since the group fails to offer any new twists on their trademark hip-hop doo wop. There's enough strong material on Evolution to satisfy Boyz II Men's large fan base, but they will truly need to evolve on their fourth album in order to stay viable.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Boyz II Men 05:30 SpotifyAmazon
2 Boyz II Men 04:48 SpotifyAmazon
3 Boyz II Men 04:52 SpotifyAmazon
4 Boyz II Men 03:29 SpotifyAmazon
5 Boyz II Men 05:02 SpotifyAmazon
6 Boyz II Men 04:02 SpotifyAmazon
7 Boyz II Men 04:30 SpotifyAmazon
8 Boyz II Men 04:36 SpotifyAmazon
9 Boyz II Men 05:01 SpotifyAmazon
10 Boyz II Men 05:15 SpotifyAmazon
11 Boyz II Men 04:43 SpotifyAmazon
12 Boyz II Men 05:02 SpotifyAmazon
13 Boyz II Men 04:58 SpotifyAmazon
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