Picks and Pans Review: Klymaxx

updated 02/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/02/1987 AT 01:00 AM EST


To say that Klymaxx is the best all-black women's pop band is to say that the Colts are the best pro football team in Indianapolis: true but not too meaningful. The six ladies in this Los Angeles-based group could, however, compete in any league as a kind of Heart with soul or some funky Go-Go's. What's most appealing about Klymaxx's second LP is their range. True, the two hits off the album, Man Size Love (from the film Running Scared) and Sexy, are basic thumpers. I'd Still Say Yes is a soft, romantic ballad, and Divas Need Love Too shows that this group possesses that rarest of all pop music commodities: a sense of humor. The lead singers are Lorena Shelby and the unfortunately named Fenderella (she should have stuck with her real name, Joyce Irby). While they are smooth, sweet and vigorous, as the occasion demands, they aren't distinctive performers. But that has its virtues. This sounds in fact like a group, not just a somebody with five anybodys sharing a name. (MCA)

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