In Tresvant and Gill, however, N.E. had a pair of singers blessed with creamy tenor voices who could both take the lead. And lead they d0. What catches the ear first in their finest moment, the single "You're Not My Kind of Girl," however, isn't the singing, but the production tricks in the song's intro. Listen with headphones, and hear the channel-jumping "you're very pretty"s going back and forth, buried in the mix. And then what's done with the "sorry"s, toyed and toggled into submission, almost cut and scratched, but not quite, with accomplished singer Johnny Gill riffing all over it. The track is purely synthetic, of its moment but never sounding too dated. But "Girl"'s coup de grace is the twist I didn't notice until very recently: not only is Ralph singing lead, he's got Johnny backing him up on the verses, adding a deep, delicious harmony. Ralph's voice is strong and urgent, reminiscent of Michael Jackson's coo at moments (such as his "giiii-iiirl" which opens the second verse like a waterfall)from Johnny, before he and Ralph go over and over "you're not my, you're not, you're not, my kind..." as the song closes on itself. And did you hear that, buried in the second chorus? It's a spine tingling experience. BBD do their standing-on-the-corner-rappin'-with-the-fellas thing for the bridge, and then it's onto the third chorus, vamping its way out, but not before one last, thrilling "Wooo! More than simply back up but talented and accomplished entertainers in their own right. Heartbreak is the last album to give eternal fans a little bit of the old NE and an sexy introduction to the men of New Edition. This album is the best of both worlds. This is an essential R&B and should be in every serious record collectors.