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Immature – Playtyme is Over (1994) Album Review


Jelisa M.http://melanated-source.com
Jelisa is a lover of all music, but 90's R&B has a special place in her heart. She considers the 90's a groundbreaking era for black entertainment that should be celebrated more. "Music is my love language and movies are my mistress."

Album Review • Anytime I hear an Immature song, I’m instantly taken back to my childhood. Growing up with an older sister & her friends, Immature was always the hot topic. The argument was always which group member was their boyfriend & it would be between Batman & Romeo. Personally, Romeo is & always will be bae. It was something about that eye patch & hair that did it for me. We can thank Brandy for throwing a book while arguing with former member Half Pint & accidently hitting Romeo cutting his retina.

Playtyme is Over is the second album for the heartthrob trio & the first album introducing LDB after Half Pint left the group after the first album. This album gave us some of Immature’s biggest hits with “Constantly” & “Never Lie.” “Constantly” is one of the few songs from the 90’s that brings back a very vivid memory of where I was when I first heard it. Following my big sister around, we were at her friends house & I hear that intro in the background on the tv & we all run to watch. This song feels so good when it come on because of the memories behind it. I wish I could go back to that simple time of my life.

“Never Lie” reminds me of a song I can see teens in the 90’s slow dancing to at prom. This is their biggest hit, selling over 700,000 in 1994. The video to “Never Lie” will always be ingrained in my head. They had them babies on the beach with their little chesticles out with those white fits & the peanut butter vest. I loved the way they dressed, the oversize suits with the open shirts always did it for me. Immature was the Kidz Bop version of Jodeci, they dressed like the bad boys but had the ballads of the good guys.

Their final single from the album “I Don’t Mind” really should have been a bigger hit. It’s my 2nd favorite song on the album. It gave that jeep riding with the doors off in the summer time vibes. This that song dudes would dedicate to their girl in middle & high school. Songs like this make me wish I was a teenager when it dropped. If you want to take a stroll down memory lane go ahead & add this album to your playlist because I guarantee it will bring back some nostalgic vibes.

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