When they first hit the airwaves in the early 1980s, the kids of New Edition received the obligatory comparisons to the Jackson Five, and NE lead singer Ralph Tresvant was looked by some through the Michael Jackson lens. Of course, both New Edition and Mr. Tresvant forged their own paths toward superstardom, creating a legacy that has extended well into the 21st century.
There is some irony, though, that Ralph Tresvant, still sounding great, is helping bassist/composer Mitchell Coleman Jr. take on an MJ classic in the form of the new remake of the Off The Wall favorite, “I Can’t Help It.” It is the new single from Coleman’s third album, Gravity.
The song starts somewhat faithfully to the MJ original, but then veers into a smoother direction, with sax solo and Coleman’s groove-inducing bass. Tresvant takes the lead on the refrain, but leaves the musicians to handle the verses instrumentally.
All in all, it’s a nice new take on an old favorite that can stand near, but certainly not replace, the original. Check out “I Can’t Help It” below and tell us what you think.