One Love (New Edition album)

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One Love
Studio album by New Edition
Released November 9, 2004 (US)
Recorded 2003-2004
Genre R&B
Length 62:02
Label Bad Boy/Universal
Producer Stevie J
Mario Winans
Diddy
Ron Feemster
Andre Harris
Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis
Ryan Leslie
New Edition chronology
Home Again
(1996)
One Love
(2004)
Candy Girl 25th Anniversary Edition
(2008)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
PopMatters 6/10 link
Vibe 3.5/5 stars link

One Love is the seventh studio album by American R&B group New Edition, released by Bad Boy/Universal Records in 2004.

Overview[edit]

The making of the album[edit]

By 2002, New Edition were performing as the quintet of Ralph Tresvant, Ricky Bell, Ronnie DeVoe, Michael Bivins and Johnny Gill, but they hadn't recorded a new studio album since 1996's Home Again. After having successfully fought to get out of their long term contract with MCA Records (in which they eventually won back all their masters from the albums they recorded for that label), the re-energized group signed with Bad Boy Records the same year. It, however, took nearly two years for the album to be released, as the group struggled with Sean Combs, Bad Boy CEO, over creative control. The album, titled One Love, was finally released in November 2004.

Release and reaction[edit]

Early buzz and hype over the new album led to One Love debuting at number twelve on the Billboard 200 and number five on the Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The group, however, wasn't pleased when "Hot 2Nite" (which they felt didn't cater to their maturing audience) was chosen to be the album's first single without their consent. The song peaked at an underwhelming number thirty five on Billboard's R&B singles chart, and number eighty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100. The underwhelming public reception of the album and its first single led to there being no more released, while label promotion for the album as a whole was stifled. Angered over Bad Boy's neglect, the group asked to be let go of their contract, which finally culminated in November 2005. Despite the One Love's failure to live up to commercial expectation, it was certified gold. After the situation with Bad Boy the group soldiered on and kept on touring throughout 2005-2007. After this album original member Bobby Brown officially returned to the group making the group a sextet again.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Conference Call" (Bell/DeVoe/Feemster/Gill/Payne/Tresvant) (1:40)
  2. "Been So Long" (Jones/Jordan/Love/Tresvant) (4:23)
  3. "Hot 2Nite" (Leslie) (3:23)
  4. "Sexy Lady" (Jones/Jordan/Knight/Shropshire) (4:27)
  5. "Last Time" (Estiverne/Knight/Larkin) (2:46)
  6. "All on You" (Bell/DeVoe/Feemster/Griffen/Jones/Lawrence/Tresvant) (3:32)
  7. "Wildest Dream" (Jones/Knight/Shropshire/Stewart/Tresvant) (4:13)
  8. "Start Turnin' Me On" (Davis/Gill/Harris/Toby/Tresvant) (3:38)
  9. "Love Again" (DeVoe/Frierson/Shropshire/Tresvant) (4:17)
  10. "One Love Interlude" (DeVoe/Ellis/Feemster) (2:00)
  11. "That's Why I Lied" (Colapietro/Dinkins/Jordan) (3:55)
  12. "Come Home With Me" (Gill/Harris/Lewis) (4:07)
  13. "Best Man" (Dixson/Winans) (3:56)
  14. "Re-Write the Memories" (Harris/Lewis/Tolbert) (4:31)
  15. "Newness" (DeVoe/Harris/Lewis/Tolbert/Tresvant) (5:27)
  16. "Feelin' It" (Frierson/Jordan/Knight/Leslie) (3:52)
  17. "Leave Me" (Dixson/Winans) (4:05)
  18. "Dream Girl" (Japan Bonus Track) (3:39)

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