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BBD’s first album in sixteen years comes on the heels of a New Edition revival.

Ask anyone who considers themselves a devout New Edition fan and they’ll tell you this: Bell Biv Devoe has the signature, crossover song of the entire catalog. 1990’s “Poison” was born of the unexpected; three New Edition members who weren’t the magnetic star of Bobby Brown or crushing vocals of Ralph Tresvant and Johnny Gill making big. The album, full of juvenile come-ons and teases aimed at the opposite sex went quadruple platinum.

The existence of Three Stripes may come at no better time for the Boston boys. Last Monday, the group (with all six members) received stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Their biopic, The New Edition Story set ratings records for BET. To top it off, “Can You Stand The Rain” and “If It Isn’t Love” are both in the Top 5 of the R&B chart on iTunes.

Three Stripes, an album that arrives 27 years after Poison is rife with some of the things that made BBD a staple in the early ’90s. Producers Erick Sermon & Kay Gee supply production for the project and contemporaries such as Dough E. Fresh, Coko of SWV and Boyz II Men. That’s right, Boyz II Men and Michael Bivins come full circle on “One More Try”.

Previous singles such as “Run” feature an interpolation of The Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize” and “I’m Betta” lives up to the groups mantra of “hip-hop smoothed out on the R&B tip”. You can hear the 10-track new effort from Bell Biv Devoe below. Purchase Three Stripes on iTunes.