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Bone Thugs -N- Harmony - Strength & Loyalty (2007)

Postby Bronz on Fri Jun 15, 2007 2:31 pm


Artist: Bone Thugs -N- Harmony
Album: Strength & Loyalty
Label: Full Surface / Interscope
Release Date: May 8, 2007

Track listing:
1. Flowmotion
2. Bump In The Trunk (ft. Swizz Beatz)
3. Wind Blow
4. I Tried (ft. Akon)
5. Lil' Love (ft. Mariah Carey & Bow Wow)
6. C-Town (ft. Twista)
7. Order My Steps (ft. Yolanda Adams)
8. Streets (ft. The Game & Will.I.Am)
9. 9mm
10. Gun Blast
11. Candy Paint (ft. Swizz Beatz & Autumn Rowe)
12. So Good, So Right (ft. Felicia)
13.Sounds The Same
14. Never Forget Me (ft. Akon)

Since the departure of Bizzy Bone from Bone Thugs -N- Harmony, many have been curious to whether or not the 3 remaining members Krayzie, Layzie & Wish Bone (also missing incarcerated Flesh-N-Bone, awaiting parole in 2008) could deliver on their own. Many were sceptical as last year's 'Thug Stories' was the first time the act has recorded as a trio (excluding internet only release 'Bone 4 Life'), but we were not disappointed by the independant album last September.
It appears as if "Dem Bone Boys" don't appear to be missing Bizzy however, with albums coming a year apart rather than 2 or 3 years as in prior years.

Strength & Loyalty, Bone's first major record label release in almost 5 years does in no way, however disappoint the fans.
Bone show their classic fast-flowing lyrics & Krayzie gives the chorus on the track 'Flowmotion', remeniscent of the B.O.N.E. Enterpri$e days with a new twist and production from The Individuals kicks off the album with a good vibe.
'Wind Blow' makes great work of the Fleetwood Mac sample of 'The Chain' and is one of the highlights of the album with Krayzie more than the others, showing just what he can do.
The production of the album features such respected hip hop producers as Swizz Beatz (also executive producer), The Individuals, Jermaine Dupri, Will.I.Am and Akon among others. Akon produced & guest appears on the lead single 'I Tried', singing the chorus of the piano laced track. The song tells the story of how things never seem to work out for the trio, family & relationship problems. Not the typical Bone Thugs song, but great none the less
There is plenty of the Thuggish Ruggish side of Bone in this album though, with '9mm' and Gun Blast' among others, these tracks show the Bone of old and would fit in perfectly with the tracks from 'E.1999 Eternal'.
But with guest appearances from stars such as Akon, The Game, Will.I.Am, Mariah Carey, Bow Wow & even the man who signed Bone Thugs to his Full Surface record label, Swizz Beatz, the Thugs are never overshadowed, after all they have been stars on their own for almost 15 years now and sold over 35 million records worldwide.
Even Twista makes an appearance on 'C-Town', denouncing the rumors that there was a beef between him & Bone over who originated the 'fast rap' style. The only near negative statement i can make about this record is that the 2 penultimate songs 'So Good, So Right' 'Sounds The Same' lack something that the other songs have and may be considered filler songs by some. Even with these songs though, the final song, 'Never Forget Me' also produced & featuring Akon is one of the gems of the album, stating what Bone has done over the years and how they won't be forgotten because of it, and the lyrics & harmonies end the album on a high note.
Overall the tightly-knit, fast flowing lyrics and top production makes this album one of the best to come from Bone Thugs -N- Harmony, showing both old and new styles of the group.


TOP TRACKS: 1.Flowmotion 3.Wind Blow 4.I Tried 11.Candy Paint 14.Never Forget Me


The title to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's 2007 comeback album, Strength & Loyalty, must be a reference to their fans. Despite handing in some forgettable efforts, emptying fans' wallets with too many solo and side projects, and promising new product and not delivering repeatedly, Bone always got a pass from faithful. Strength & Loyalty is also too heavy a title for an album so light and slick. Big names like Mariah Carey, Akon, the Game, Swizz Beatz, and Twista all command their tracks, unknowingly stealing from a group that used to be instantly identifiable because of their unique sound and style. This 2007 edition of Bone is missing members Flesh-N-Bone (thanks to incarceration) and Bizzy Bone (thanks to his being Bizzy Bone) and it shows. As a trio Krayzie, Layzie, and distant third Wish are a solid crew, able to deliver good weekend numbers like "Bump in the Trunk," "Lil Love," and "C-Town" (they never forget Cleveland) along with polished gangsta tracks like "I Tried." In the big picture, Bizzy and Flesh are missed, but what's remarkable about Strength & Loyalty is how it makes the listener forget they're missing while in the moment. Numerous melodious hooks in the easy-rolling Bone tradition fog the memory, and guest stars are brought in at just the right moments. Mariah speaks to the commercial possibilities Bone always had, while the Game speaks to how they seemed to never leave the streets. Every song is at least solid and the album flows very well, making it one of the better-built efforts from the house of Bone in nearly a decade. Problem is, this album could have twice the star power and it wouldn't make up for how important Bizzy's strange voice was for the overall chemistry. Strength & Loyalty doesn't overcome its challenges; it just sidesteps them and works hard to reward fans for a decade of patience. It's as good as it can be, and better than expected.
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Postby Shaydie_Bone on Fri Jun 15, 2007 3:28 pm

nice review, I really love this album, probably their best since E 1999 Eternal
the only tracks I wasn't feelin were Lil Love & So Good So Right
I'd give this a 4/5 nonetheless :bang:
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Postby HitEmUpRobbo on Sat Jun 16, 2007 1:16 am

Lets not forget this set is without the arguably the groups best member, (in his best days) and also without flesh, who's fast flow is unlike anyone else in the game.

It would have been better if the flesh track that was cut from the album was on there, this would of catered for BTNH's longtime fans, whilst the other tracks cater for newer fans a lil more.

I love 90% of the album, and the new feel and style they have in the tracks, but i would have liekd to have seen DJ U Neek on a few tracks too, oldskool BTNH, the BTNH most know and love. but you can see they miss the 2 members as the roster of featuring artists is huge, especially for a group.

Akon is a nice "replacement" on the chorus' tho, which would have normally been done by kray or bizzy, he makes up the harmonies quite nicely.

I like the fact that wish puts in one of his strongest performances with this album, he is normally overlooked but handles himself better than ever on here.

My Best Tracks: I Tried, Flowmotion, Wind Blow, Bump In The Trunk

Rating: 4/5 (Would of been 5 with a few U Neek tracks and bizzy on there)
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Postby Clear on Sat Jun 16, 2007 4:53 pm

i give this a 5/5
every track on this album had a good beat and good content in bit apart from 1 or 2 tracks
this has been one of the best albums ive ever heard from anyone
Best Tracks - Bump In The Trunk, Flowmotion, I Tried, Streets, Gun Blast, So Good So Right.

Recomend this album to everyone
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Postby ebetese on Thu Jun 21, 2007 4:43 pm

i give 4

btnh are great group

but on this album have some songs who i dont like

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Postby lostsoul89 on Thu Jun 21, 2007 5:14 pm

dissappointing imo, they struggle without bizzy and akon aint no bizzy

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Postby KRSE on Fri Jun 22, 2007 1:38 am

3/5 IMO... track w/ Mariah Carey has radio potential prolly... other than that not into it 2 much
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Postby Shaydie_Bone on Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:01 am

Shaydie_Bone wrote:nice review, I really love this album, probably their best since The Art Of War
the only tracks I wasn't feelin were Lil Love & So Good So Right
I'd give this a 4/5 nonetheless :bang:
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Postby Shaydie_Bone on Fri Jun 22, 2007 10:02 am

woops sorry, I wanted to edit my post, I didn't know you can't do that here
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Postby JordanHendrix on Sat Jun 23, 2007 11:19 pm

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Postby SShadow518 on Mon Jun 25, 2007 9:57 pm

Tha Album iz Hot But If Bizzy waz in it I think it would be Fire
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Postby slim10 on Tue Jun 26, 2007 4:12 pm

it was alright... i agree with ppl that Bizzy could help take it to another lvl.
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Postby StraightOutofBrazil on Wed Jun 27, 2007 3:00 am

I gave it 5/5 personally i think there was 1 song i didnt like on the album

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Postby gigantq on Mon Jul 02, 2007 12:57 pm

I give 3/5 ! Fo sho Akon aint no Bizzy , and i agree - that Bizzy would help to make the album The Booomb !
P.S - " Sounds the same " is Hot !
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Postby Plat7990 on Sat Jul 07, 2007 5:33 am

nice review, i;ll give it a 4/5 too..nice decent songs
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Postby 02on19s on Mon Jul 09, 2007 4:39 am

if your a real bone fan..you'd like it none the less...but bone shows lots of versatility in the album.... crunk1!
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Postby 4:20 Souljah on Mon Jul 09, 2007 11:40 pm

02on19s wrote:if your a real bone fan..you'd like it none the less...but bone shows lots of versatility in the album.... crunk1!

Fo sho, if you was a real Bone fan you would love this album no matter what. Stop bitchn about Bizzy not being in the group, he left so don't get your hopes up for his return he still is haveing dilusions of makeing it on his own (he is fucking psychotic/Schizophrenic). Lets face it Flesh was never a member of Bone he was responsable for there blow up with there first cds, but he hasn't been on more then a few songs!!


They still have Krayzie, who lets face it is the best in Bone, and Fleash will be back with Bone soon enough.


Only song I wasnt feeling was Lil' Love just because of Bow Wows faggot ass.

All the others are sik as shit, this no one can deny.
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Postby spirydush on Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:47 am

5/5 cuz is one of the best group ever....
the album is dope (99%)....
i hope that they will maintain the same level in the future :bang:

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Postby Bizzy187emKillah on Mon Jul 23, 2007 4:11 am

I think the album was a little weak in comparison to other Bone albums...but still its the best mainstream album so far this year
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Postby Devious LoC on Tue Jul 31, 2007 6:31 am

bump in tha trunk flow motion and 9mm go hard good album...
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Postby Thug_Line_Souljah on Sun Aug 12, 2007 9:07 pm

i was very dissapointed...i really dont listen to it

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Postby nation_1212 on Wed Aug 15, 2007 2:55 am

good to see bones still around
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Postby manoo1 on Wed Aug 22, 2007 10:56 pm

I give 5/5 ,damn this is the album of the year ,all tracks are very very good,and i didn't expect to be so good,BTNH is damn good. :mrgreen: What can i say,very good colabo's ,very good beats,very good lyrics,it's a full album.
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Postby Trauma on Wed Aug 29, 2007 3:31 am

it's missing something..bizzy & flesh on it?
hope they'll go back to their roots someday.
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Postby koopa1234 on Mon Sep 03, 2007 10:24 pm

love this cd
only songs i dont like is 9mm and lil love
the rest is fire
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