Dru Hill

Dru Hill Review

Dru Hill burst on the scenes in 1996, turning heads with their self-titled album. Following a short intro, the album kicks off with "Nothing To Prove" a track in which the guys croon that they're not too young and they're just in love. The track is okay but nothing in comparison to the rest of the album.

The third track on the album, "Tell Me" was the song that put the group on the map when it first came out as a single. The song really works well in the end when they demonstrate their strong group mechanics. The song has a nice sound to it and is a good track to move with. After listening through it, it's understandable how the song would get the heads turning.

Unfortunately, after getting a kick start from "Tell Me" the album has the mediocre "Do You Believe." The song has an overemphasis on the chorus, which sounds kind of jumbled with the overuse of the word believe. The track is okay, but it really fails to do anything impressive.

Probably the worst track on the album is "Whatever U Want." The song has a very laid back sound to it which is heavily reinforced by the heavily rotated chorus. The song also features a rap near the end but it really just doesn't work well. This is certainly not the song that Dru Hill will be remembered for singing.

Turning around, the sixth track on the album is "Satisfied." The track features a nice display of the group's sounds and has some nice lines. The song opens with the line "Let me introduce myself/ I am love overflowing," and so the album finally begins.

Continuing to shine, "April Shower" is a beautiful track. The lyrics are nice and the song really says I love you well. The only disappointment is that the vocals don't really cover a great range and the emotions seem to be lacking in the song. Nevertheless, it's a pretty piece.

"All Alone" is an OUTSTANDING track that really works wonders. Taking the beautiful emotions of "April Shower" (albeit, on a sadder note) and giving it the energy and emotion that was lacking on that track, the song really shines. The group really works well on this number, making it one of the best tracks on the album.

Not wanting to call it quits there, the album keeps firing with the equally exceptional "Never Make A Promise." The group really shines on these slow jams, showing strong emotion and solid vocals. The writing is also very well done.

Erasing all memories of the albums poor start, it continues the streak of solid numbers with "So Special." The song has a nice sound and really lets all the guys shine on the vocals. This would have been a great track to open the album with as it really introduces you to all of the different members. The only problem with the song is it gets a little convoluted, hardly ever falling back on the chorus. It leaves the song without a real center, but overall, another great number.

"In My Bed" is a deceptive track. Looking at the name, it comes across as a sexually explicit track. Yet the song is clever, instead referring to a man who's wife is cheating on him. The sound is nice with a soft chorus fitting well with the lyrics. Nicely done.

Had it not been situated amongst so many great tracks, "Love Train" likely would have been a stand out. However, amongst so many great tracks, it's a relatively unremarkable song. The lyrics are nice and it's an interesting idea of being stuck on the love train but it's just not that special amongst such greats.

Nearing the album's end, "Share My World" is a nice track, but again, it doesn't seem overly exceptional after the previous numbers. The lyrics are nice as a guy wishes for a girl to "Come share my world with me." It's a nice song, but after what has past, it's just nothing incredible.

To end, the album brings out the big guns once more, closing with the beautiful "5 Steps." Dealing with the death of a loved one, the track is depressing and yet well done. A beautiful song to end a great album.

tl;dr: A classic that is only dimmed by the weak opening of a few poor tracks. Yet with songs like '5 Steps' and 'All Alone,' it's clear why Dru Hill was only just getting started.