Entertainment Weekly

Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


MTV Unplugged NYC 1997

Posted on

Kenneth Babyface Edmonds

MTV Unplugged NYC 1997

Current Status:
In Season
Kenneth Babyface Edmonds, Various Artists

We gave it a C

”Unplugged” only in the sense that he’s disconnected from most of his star interpreters, producer-impresario Kenny ”Babyface” Edmonds enlists a huge posse of personality-free studio singers and musicians for two pointless exercises: re-creating hits he crafted for the likes of Boyz II Men and Whitney Houston, and revisiting his own mawkish solo efforts. Even two A-list guest spots on MTV Unplugged NYC 1997 — Eric Clapton’s tastefully bland solo on ”Change the World” and Stevie Wonder’s windy vocal gymnastics on ”How Come, How Long” — do little to rescue this bludgeoningly arranged (and very, very electric) set. C