New Edition is one of my favorite musical acts ever. I didn’t discover them until 1988’s Heart Break (Bobby’s Don’t Be Cruel and Bell Biv Devoe’s stellar 1990 album Poison helped) but considering the way all six members were dominating the radio waves until 1992, I hoped the best was yet to come. Obviously, I was wrong.
1996 marked the only time a New Edition album featured every member of the group and they combined their powers to create Home Again, the first NE album in 8 years. While the tour was a mess and left the group in shambles (see The New Edition Story or just Google it), I always really liked this project. The album’s finale, “Home Again” has always been underappreciated.
The track covers the idea that you can go home again all while mentioning highlights of New Edition’s career up to that point, barely disguised as a gorgeous Harris/Lewis/Bivins power ballad. Having never listened to NE’s 2004 Bad Boy album One Love (sans Bobby), this is the last word on New Edition for me.
Somehow, this 31 Days Of Music idea is just turning into a list of things I need to add to my iPod.