First Hit #1: September 21, 1991
Give credit where credit is due, Color Me Badd can harmonize. The guy with the mustache can’t dress himself, but they actually make the chorus kind of interesting just because their voices are very well matched. It has the feeling of an updated barbershop quartet, which is unexpected but a bit charming. Plus, they have Spanish verses, and I’m partial to the pop charts having a bit of foreign language sprinkled in the mix, though I’ll definitely say it’s not always a good thing. I Adore Mi Amor sounds unique, but it’s not so alien that it’s out of place on the pop charts.
And yet, I don’t like it. The voices work well together, but the composition is actually quite inert. It doesn’t take full advantage of the skills on display, so we have a song that, once the novelty of it wears off, is actually kind of dull. It’s almost a starting point. We can see the abilities everyone brings to the table, and we can see that they should be capable of making something good. For a brief moment, my ears tried to convince me the novelty of the sound was worth it on its own. But it’s just not, the skill is there but it’s not being used for anything ambitious, like a skilled architect designing a modest bungalow.
In short, maybe people would respect Color Me Badd if they had better songwriters.