Q - 9/02, p.1013 stars out of 5
- "...Confirms that tender moments don't have to be limp and nauseating....these songs are expertly executed..."
Vibe - 8/02, p.1583.5 out of 5
- "...Their carefully crafted harmonized vocals continue to command attention....FULL CIRCLE, their sixth album, is the most confident of their career..."
Boyz II Men: Nathan Morris, Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Michael McCary.
Additional personnel includes: Faith Evans.
Producers include: Babyface, Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis.
Personnel: Boyz II Men (vocals); Babyface (vocals, keyboards, drum programming); Paul Jackson, Jr. (guitar); Dean Parks, Grecco Buratto (acoustic guitar); Clare Fischer, Assa Drori, Maurice Grants, Jorge Moraga, Joe Ketendjian, Jennifer Munday, Trevor Handy, Anatoly Rosinsky, Jerry Epstein, Kazi Pitelka, Shari Zippert, Robert Sanov, Lynn Grants, Andrew Picken, Patricia Aiken, Henry Ferber, Elizabeth Wilson, Becky Bunnell, Igor Kiskatchi, Gordon Berg, Julie Rogers, Cecilia Tsan, Brenton Banks, Brent Fischer, Samuel Formicola, Robert Berg (strings); Alexander Richbourg (drum programming).
Audio Mixers: Kevin "KD" Davis; Dave Pensado; Paul D. Allen; Jean-Marie Horvat; Paul Boutin; Steve Hodge.
Recording information: Brandon's Way Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Flyte Time Studios, Edina, MN; Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Stonecreek Studios, Gladwyne, PA; The Hit Factory, New York, NY.
Photographer: Christian Lantry.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Donnie "D Major" Boynton; Jason Edmonds; James Moss; Jimmy Jam; Nathan Morris; Scott Spencer Storch; Beau Dozier; Terry Lewis; Carlos McKinney.
Arrangers: Jimmy Jam; Terry Lewis.
There are certain verities in life that one can count on; the chilly winds of winter, the sizzling sun of summer, and the soothing sounds of Boyz II Men. These guys pretty much wrote the book on smooth, harmony-based soul in the post-Philly International era. For better or worse, they created the template a thousand boy bands, both black and white, would follow to overstuffed bank accounts. FULL CIRCLE finds the Boyz (who by 2002 were fully fledged men) playing to their strengths. There are no attempts here to play catch-up with any of the R&B stars that came on the scene since the Boyz first made their big splash. Though Faith Evans and Rob Jackson make guest appearances, and there is the occasional dollop of hip-hop flavor added to the arrangements, the overall approach here is quite rightly one of slow, romantic ballads full of elegant, melodic hooks and lushly harmonized vocals. Those who've been following Boyz II Men from the start won't be put off by what they find here, and those just arriving to the party will doubtless be intrigued as well; perhaps that's what they mean by FULL CIRCLE.