Cool It Now

I know we're all still suffering a sugar hangover from the sensory overload of pop puppets and the hairless corpulent Svengalis manipulating the strings in honor of a dollar. However, New Edition has more in common with the Jackson 5 than with faceless Disney money wranglers. The fact is, when pre-fab Menudos were guaranteed career homicide by age 16, New Edition was just getting started pumping out bubblegum masterpieces. They got older, grew apart, went solo, had amazing careers, and are now back at square one. They have a new album coming out on Bad Boy Records called One Love and have spit out the bubblegum to fully personify the R&B crooner ethos. Which is good. One thing I never understood about slow jam R&B, though, is that it's a lot of work just for some tail.

New Edition opens for Brian McKnight at 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 28, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd, Miami. Tickets start at $47.50. Call 786-777-1250.

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