What does it say about the current state of R&B that when you go looking for a song by a male or female group, the new music you find is from a pair of groups who became famous over twenty years ago? In addition to that, bands—once the lifeblood of R&B, are just as scarce to find in what would be considered the mainstream.
I expect I’ll write something about the lack of bands in another post, but today I have a new song by Bell Biv DeVoe, featuring SWV. The song is called “Finally,” and is going to be included on BBD’s new album, called Three Stripes. It’s pleasant enough, just enough to remind one of their 90s glories, but doesn’t move the needle for me all that much. Your mileage may vary though.
In reading an article recently that gave 8 reasons for R&B’s demise, one of those listed was that R&B and hip-hop now are pretty much one and the same. Listening to those “hip-hop and R&B stations” and the songs they play, that is pretty much the case. If you are looking for R&B like you used to hear years ago, you’ll have to go to the “adult, urban contemporary” stations that cater to older folks.
For Bell Biv DeVoe, it marks a return after years away. I would imagine, as members of New Edition, they are hoping some of the nostalgia that will be generated from the upcoming BET miniseries on that group will generate some interest in their new music. SWV has released a couple albums in the last few years; they have been received well and are solid efforts, even as they don’t generate the same buzz as they used to. Check out their new single and see what you think. As always, thanks for reading and listening.