BOBBY BROWN – BOBBY

In 1992, Bobby released this follow up to his hit album Don’t Be Cruel. Once again enlisting L.A. and Babyface, along with others, primarily Teddy Riley, this album fully embraced the musical style that became known as New Jack Swing. The five singles from this album were all fantastic. The uptempo tracks, HUMPIN’ AROUND, GET AWAY, and THAT’S THE WAY LOVE IS (my personal favorite), plus the ballad GOOD ENOUGH and then SOMETHING IN COMMON, a duet with his then-wife, the Late Whitney Houston (R.I.P.), which showed how much chemistry this couple had.

The album is filled out with 8 more songs, including TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME which was released as a single in the UK, but not the USA, for some reason. ‘TIL THE END OF TIME, and ONE MORE NIGHT are two more dance tracks that were also good enough to be singles, while PRETTY LITTLE GIRL, LOVIN’ YOU DOWN,
COLLEGE GIRL, STORM AWAY, and I’M YOUR FRIEND (a duet with Debra Winans) are decent slow jams.

While this double-platinum album didn’t sell quite as well as it’s 8-times platinum predecessor, I always considered this Bobby’s best work. Every song is a winner, and his vocals are great. GRADE:

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