Picks and Pans Review: And the Music Speaks
If only love were as unfailing as All-4-One assert on their sophomore album: "These eyes will worship and adore you/ These hands will love you every day," the foursome croons over a honey-drip melody. Unfortunately, love conquers all only in pop songs—like the aforementioned "These Arms" and "I Swear," All-4-One's chart-topping single from last year.
Sure the group's idealized vision of love can be wonderfully soothing, as on the stately "Giving You My Heart Forever," the doo-wopping "Could This Be Magic" and the sweaty bump-and-grinder "Love's Not Just Another Four-Letter Word." But the one-dimensional romanticism rings callow and shallow, leaving the album in need of some bitter reality to complement the sugar rush. (Blitzz/Atlantic)
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