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Heart Break by New Edition
Released: Jan 1988
Label: Geffen
By jettisoning their mid-'80s teen sound, and recruiting gospel-trained vocalist Johnny Gill and producers Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, New Edition made their finest work. Heart Break transitions between then-hot New Jack beats ("N.E. Heart Break") and quiet storm ballads ("I'm Comin' Home"), and the group sang honestly about maturity ("Boys to Men") and copycat boy bands ("Where It All Started"). New Edition may have not blown up like New Kids on the Block and Boyz II Men, the latter which took its name from the album track, but R&B fans know that Heart Break is a classic.
Mosi Reeves
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