Kenneth Babyface Edmonds

MTV Unplugged NYC 1997

”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

MTV Unplugged NYC 1997
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