Picks and Pans Review: The Groove Won't Bite

UPDATED 10/31/1994 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 10/31/1994 at 01:00 AM EST

Uncanny Alliance

This jubilant debut disc captures the delirious energy of New York City's underground dance clubs. The beats, programmed by coproducer-deejay Brinsley Evans, are bouncy enough to make Rodin's Thinker get up and boogie. Singer E.V. Mystique adds nutty mood swings to the lighthearted mix. She's as sassy as a double Dutch jump-roper chanting on a playground, then suddenly she turns haughty diva, belting out mock-operatic high notes.

Unlike most dance groups, this duo manages to dabble in social commentary without losing any of the fun. "I Got My Education" is a stay-in-school warning about the downfall of a dropout known as Miss Thing. ("She went on down to Burger King/ And found they weren't hiring," Mystique pronounces, with wicked glee.) It's tough to figure out why this song and the jumpy self-esteem anthem "I'm Beautiful Dam-mitt!" never made it to the pop charts when they were released as singles in 1992 and 1993. But the album, which is a nonprescription cure for the blues, ought to be more popular than Prozac. (A&M)

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