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Bobby Brown - Don't Be Cruel

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Don't Be Cruel was to Bobby Brown what Control was to Janet Jackson -- a tougher, more aggressive project that shed his "bubblegum" image altogether and brought him to a new artistic and commercial plateau. With "My Prerogative" and the title song, Brown became a leader of new jack swing -- a forceful, high-tech blend of traditional soul singing and rap/hip-hop that's also associated with Guy and Brown's New Edition colleagues, Bell Biv DeVoe. Brown had been a strong advocate of rap since his days with New Edition, and on Cruel, he did even more rapping than before. But for all the tough-mindedness he exhibited on his new jack hits, the charismatic Bostonian hadn't lost his love of sentimental, old-fashioned R&B romanticism -- and he definitely excels in that area on his hits "Every Little Step," "Roni," and "Rock Wit'cha." Much of Cruel was produced by the ubiquitous production/songwriting duo L.A. Reid and Babyface, who've often been accused (and rightly so) of taking a formulaic, cookie-cutter approach to R&B. But here, their work is never less than inspired. ~ Alex Henderson

1) Cruel Prelude (00:39)
2) Don't Be Cruel (06:52)
3) My Prerogative (04:57)
4) Roni (05:58)
5) Rock Wit'cha (04:47)
6) Every Little Step (03:59)
7) I'll Be Good to You (04:25)
8) Take It Slow (05:22)
9) All Day All Night (04:40)
10) I Really Love You Girl (05:11)
11) Cruel Reprise (00:18)

Don't Be Cruel
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Don't Be Cruel | Bobby Brown