Picks and Pans Review: One Might Say

updated 08/29/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/29/1994 01:00AM

Billy Lawrence

Billy Lawrence's first single is called "Happiness," and she sure has reason to celebrate. Not since Toni Braxton's quadruple-platinum '93 debut has a young female newcomer sounded so promising. Like Braxton's album, Lawrence's One Might Say resists the grand-diva and street-savvy posturing that's become so prevalent in R&B. Instead it slips into smooth mid-tempo grooves and slightly warped funk. And Lawrence is an eloquent enough song-writer to avoid clichés. So what if her vocals sometimes sound too anonymous and restrained? At 22, Lawrence has plenty of time to perfect her tools. (East West)

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