Picks and Pans Review: Groove Theory

updated 12/04/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/04/1995 AT 01:00 AM EST

Groove Theory

Pop radio seldom offers the sort of miraculously fresh beats that propel "Tell Me," Groove Theory's Top 5 debut single. As bass rumbles in the foreground, vocalist Amel Larrieux slithers about, singing beautiful, blurred circles around Bryce Wilson's supple melody—an amalgam of funk, jazz, hip hop and straight soul that seems to be drifting in from a different room. That combination is the key to Groove Theory's frisky business. On songs like "10 Minute High" and "Good 2 Me," the ever-composed Larrieux sounds as if she might be lounging in bed, propped up with fluffy pillows. Even when, on "You're Not the 1," she slams the door on a cold-hearted snake, she maintains that cool aura of self-possession. This smart debut album is a good argument in favor of Larrieux and Wilson's most excellent Theory. (Epic)

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