Full Circle (Boyz II Men album)

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Full Circle
Studio album by Boyz II Men
Released July 23, 2002
(Release history)
Recorded June 2001—May 2002
Genre R&B, soul
Length 61:11
Label Arista
Producer L.A. Reid (executive), Qadree El-Amin and Boyz II Men(co-executive), Babyface, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Carlos McKinney, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Scott Storch, Andreao "Fanatic" Heard, PAJAM
Boyz II Men chronology
Legacy: The Greatest Hits Collection
(2001)
Full Circle
(2002)
The Best of Boyz II Men
(2003)
Singles from Full Circle
  1. "The Color of Love"
    Released: June 11, 2002
  2. "Relax Your Mind"
    Released: July 16, 2002

Full Circle is the fifth album by R&B group Boyz II Men and their only release on Arista Records. Featuring the singles "The Color of Love", written by Babyface and "Relax Your Mind" featuring Faith Evans, Full Circle was the last Boyz II Men album to include bass singer Michael McCary.[1]

Three years later, singer Raheem DeVaughn would sample the track "Right on Time" on his song "Ask Yourself" from his 2005 debut The Love Experience.

Release and promotion[edit]

Singles[edit]

Reception[edit]

In February 2003, they were nominated for a Soul Train Music Award for R&B/Soul Album Group, Band or Duo for Full Circle.[2]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 54/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[4]
Blender 3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly C[5]
Q 3/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[6]
Yahoo! Music UK 7/10 stars[7]

The album received mixed reviews from critics garnering a rating of 54 on Metacritic stating that it "is typical Boyz II Men, meaning plenty of vocal harmonies and ballads."[3] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic commented, "a little of the stilted, early-'80s funk-influenced hip-hop that marked modern soul, while offering a lot of adult contemporary balladry. Although the group doesn't delve too hard into funk, it still doesn't mesh particularly well together, especially since the material, while well-sung as ever, isn't particularly distinguished. That doesn't mean it's bad -- the album is pleasant enough as it spins -- but it's simply not that memorable, which is quite a disappointment after the very, very nice Nathan Michael Shawn Wanya."

Track listing[edit]

North America/Europe version[8][9]
No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "Relax Your Mind" (featuring Faith Evans) Raphael Brown, Farrah Fleurimond, Eldra DeBarge, William DeBarge, Carlos McKinney, Jarrett Washington, Etterlene Jordan Carlos McKinney 4:05
2. "The Color of Love"   Kenneth Edmonds Babyface 4:52
3. "Ain't a Thang Wrong" (featuring Rob Jackson) Shawn Stockman, Trizzy, Ken "F-Fam" Fambro, Rob Jackson Ken "F-Fam" Fambro 4:08
4. "Oh Well"   James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 4:55
5. "Whatcha Need"   Raphael Brown, Ken "F-Fam" Fambro, Donnie "D-Major" Boynton Ken "F-Fam" Fambro 5:04
6. "On the Road Again"   Kenny Hickson, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Ken "F-Fam" Fambro Nathan Morris 4:14
7. "Makin' Love (Interlude)"   Kenny Hickson, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman Nathan Morris 1:57
8. "Roll Wit Me"   Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Scott Storch Scott Storch 3:32
9. "Right on Time"   Andreo Heard, Charod Barnes, Jerry Barnes, Wanya Morris Andreo Heard, Wanya Morris 5:00
10. "Howz About It"   Edmund "Butter" Clement, Anita McCloud Edmund "Butter" Clement 4:02
11. "That's Why I Love You"   James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 5:15
12. "I'm OK, You're OK"   Ken "F-Fam" Fambro, Wanya Morris, Kenny Hickson Ken "F-Fam" Fambro, Wanya Morris 4:51
13. "Luv N U"   Beau Dozier, Jason Edmonds, Wanya Morris, Dylan F. Gorman The Goonies, Wanya Morris 5:08
14. "I'll Show You"   Paul Allen, James Moss PAJAM 4:11
Total length:
61:11
Japan version
No. Title Writer(s) Producer Length
1. "Relax Your Mind" (featuring Faith Evans) Raphael Brown, Farrah Fleurimond, Eldra DeBarge, William DeBarge, Carlos McKinney, Jarrett Washington, Etterlene Jordan Carlos McKinney 4:05
2. "The Color of Love"   Kenneth Edmonds Babyface 4:52
3. "Ain't a Thang Wrong" (featuring Rob Jackson) Shawn Stockman, Trizzy, Ken "F-Fam" Fambro, Rob Jackson Ken "F-Fam" Fambro 4:08
4. "Oh Well"   James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 4:55
5. "Whatcha Need"   Raphael Brown, Ken "F-Fam" Fambro, Donnie "D-Major" Boynton Ken "F-Fam" Fambro 5:04
6. "On the Road Again"   Kenny Hickson, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Ken "F-Fam" Fambro Nathan Morris 4:27
7. "Roll Wit Me"   Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Scott Storch Scott Storch 3:51
8. "Right on Time"   Andreo Heard, Jerry Barnes, Charod Barnes, Wanya Morris Andreo Heard, Wanya Morris 5:00
9. "Howz About It"   Edmund "Butter" Clement, Anita McCloud Edmund "Butter" Clement 4:02
10. "That's Why I Love You"   James Harris III, Terry Lewis, Michael McCary, Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis 5:15
11. "I'm OK, You're OK"   Ken "F-Fam" Fambro, Kenny Hickson, Wanya Morris Ken "F-Fam" Fambro, Wanya Morris 4:51
12. "Luv N U"   Beau Dozier, Jason Edmonds, Wanya Morris, Dylan F. Gorman The Goonies, Wanya Morris 5:08
13. "I'll Show You"   Paul Allen, James Moss PAJAM 4:11
14. "Woman Don't Cry" (Bonus track) Kenneth Edmonds, Bill Withers Babyface 3:48
15. "You're My Baby" (Bonus track)      

Charts[edit]

Chart (2002) Peak
position
Canadian Albums Chart 29
European Albums Chart[10] 49
French Albums Chart 40
German Top 100 Albums 29
Japanese Albums Chart[11] 11
Swiss Albums Top 100 69
UK Albums Chart[12] 56
U.S. Billboard 200[13] 10
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 5

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Japan (RIAJ)[14] Platinum 200,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom July 22, 2002 Arista Records Cassette, CD B0000658SG
United States July 23, 2002 Arista Records CD
Japan July 23, 2002 Arista Records CD

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Full Circle". Boyz II Men Official website. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  2. ^ "Boyz II Men". Rock On The Net. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Critic Reviews for Full Circle". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  4. ^ "Full Circle". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  5. ^ Caramanica, Jon (2002-07-26). Full Circle Review. Entertainment Weekly. p. 68. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  6. ^ Hardy, Ernest (2002-07-30). "Full Circle : Boyz II Men : Review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2012-06-30. 
  7. ^ Evans, Diana (2002-07-22). "Boyz II Men - 'Full Circle'". Yahoo! Music UK. Archived from the original on 2004-08-20. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  8. ^ "Full Circle : Boyz II Men Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Full Circle (Boyz II Men album)". MusicStack.com. Retrieved 14 July 2009. 
  10. ^ http://books.google.ca/books?id=BQwEAAAAMBAJ&lr=&rview=1%7Ctitle=Hits of the World - Eurochart|work=Billboard|publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc.|date=10 August 2002|accessdate=25 July 2012
  11. ^ http://www.oricon.co.jp/prof/artist/154394/ranking/cd_album/
  12. ^ "Boyz II Men - Full Circle". Chart Stats. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  13. ^ "Boyz II Men Music News & Info". Billboard.com. Retrieved 2012-02-17. 
  14. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Boyz II Men – Full Circle" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Boyz II Men – Full Circle". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved July 15, 2012.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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