MTV Unplugged NYC 1997 (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… Kenneth Babyface Edmonds Various Artists R&B
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MTV Unplugged NYC 1997 (1997)

Kenneth Babyface Edmonds

'FACE OFF: "Babyface" Edmunds offers bland arrangements

EW's GRADE
C

Details Lead Performances: Kenneth Babyface Edmonds and Various Artists; Genre: R&B

''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

Originally posted Nov 28, 1997 Published in issue #407 Nov 28, 1997 Order article reprints