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Color Me Badd: The Best of Color Me Badd

Devon Powers, PopMatters, 2000

IT SPEAKS VOLUMES that, at this historical moment, viable cred can come the title "Original Boy Band". Throughout The Best of Color Me Badd, you can almost hear the cashing-in ca-chings the people at Giant, who, with careful marketing, maybe could wheedle CMB into a breathing, or at least nostalgic, popularity. But perhaps even more astonishing is that, lame moniker aside, what's here is actually a pretty entertaining and telling romp through early '90s R&B.

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