Tuesday, May 7, 2019

"With You All the Way" by New Edition

Song#:  2761
Date:  06/14/1986
Debut:  84
Peak:  51
Weeks:  11
Genre:  R&B, Pop

Pop Bits:  The vocal group's third album, All for Love, reached platinum certification just a few days prior to the release of this third single. While the LP's first two singles went Top 10 at R&B, neither made much of an impact at Pop, which was disappointing after their previous album scored three Top 40 hits including the #4 "Cool It Now." This third single didn't do much to change things. Once again it was a winner at R&B getting to #7, but at Pop it stalled just shy of the halfway point. The album would remain at single platinum status, which was a drop from the double platinum sales of their previous LP. The teens would experience growing pains over the next couple of years as they tried to transition from bubblegum pop/R&B to something more mature.

ReduxReview:  This was an appropriate song for them at the time. It's a sweet song without being too saccharine. There's very little in the way of participation from the group as a whole, so the tune basically turns into a Ralph Tresvant solo effort and he does well. His young voice keeps this a bit on the bubblegum side of things, but overall it works. It's not a fantastic song, but for this point in their career it wasn't a bad little track.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Group member Ronnie DeVoe would later marry Shamari Fears in 2005. Fears had been a member of the R&B vocal trio Blaque. That group scored a pair of Top 10 hits in 1999 including the #8 Pop/#4 R&B hit "808." Their self-titled debut album would go platinum. The trio experienced label issues and other problems after that LP and would only ever be able to get one more album released in 2002. They would eventually break up in 2008. In 2018, Fears got a shot at becoming a reality TV star. She became a cast member on the 11th season of the hit show The Real Housewives of Atlanta. DeVoe would make occasional appearances on the show.


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