Starting out as a gimmicky [Janet Jackson] 5 clone, New Edition has grown up visibly and audibly, and it doesn't hurt that they've taken on D.C.'s own Johnny Gill as frontman. The lyrics on "Heart Break" exemplify the changes - as usual, Jam-[Terry Lewis] spent some time hanging out with the group, then tailored the tunes with an autobiographical slant. So "Where It All Started" opens with a rap about the group's Boston beginnings, "Competition" is about hard feelings ([Bobby Brown], are you listening?) and "Heart Break N.E." is about the pain of being pop stars: women, women everywhere, but . . . And "Boys to Men" sums up the new musical and emotional maturity, speaking for the group and its audience.
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