The New Generation

T. N. G.

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The Hawaii-based group's first LP on a mainland label, Timmy Gatling and Howie Hirsh produced the nine tracks that display the New Generation's diversity. Their first single "Sweet Okole" is the closet the islanders ever got to rap, the cute -- rap isn't supposed to be cute -- number didn't make a peep in the States. "I Cry (Stop with the Attitude)" tries to be funky, but comes up lame, "Ordinary Guy," an infectious midtempo number, has more commercial appeal than the many forced attempts at being hip and down. Contains two Sweetest Day ballads: "Make This Dream Real" and "Hugs & Kisses." (Sweetest Day is a holiday observed in Ohio and some other States, similar to Valentine's Day where you buy your love some chocolates.) The variety didn't help, you can't please everybody, but they tried anyway by doing R&B, pop, rap, and sugary ballads. Reprise Records hoped for another Dino, Desi & Billy but it never happened.