More than most put together pop groups the members of New Edition (Ronnie, Bobby, Ricky (my favorite) Mike and Ralph) all found some level of success when the ground broke up.
Bobby Brown was the first to leave the group (he was replaced by johnny Gill) in !986 releasing the album "King of Stage" but it wasn't untill 1988s "Don't Be Cruel" that things really took off. The big single from that album was my perogative but my favorite single by far is Every Little Step. There is something about a stand alone drum machine that pops and sounds better than when everything is computer generated.
Bobby Brown-Every Little Step(Prod. L.A. Reid and Babyface
The next former New Edition members to go solo did so as a group. Bel Biv Devoe was Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins and Ronnie Devoe, they came out of the gate big with the Kool G. Rap sampling "Poison". This was the summertime jam to bang in your jeep in 1990. The part where it breaks down and Ricky is singing is as good as it gets. And other than providing the hot jamz Bel Biv Devoe use their musical platform to offer advice, according to them "never trust a big butt and a smile" words to live by.
Bel Biv Devoe-Poison (Prod. Dr. Freeze)
The Last to go solo and the least prolific of all the New Edition members was Ralph Tresvant. Ralph was the lead singer in New Edition and therefore was probably most identified with the group, and although he waited the longest to release solo material he made the right moves. Hooking up with the hit factory that was Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis was a good move and the partnership produced "sensitivity" the best in my opinion of any New Edition solo release. Sensitivity is more of a pure pop song than the others above and relies less on New Jack Swing's R&B/Hip-Hop than Bobby Brown or Bel Biv Devoe.
Ralph Tresvant-Sensitivity (Prod. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis)
Bouns Mp3 New Edition-Cool it Now