Picks and Pans Review: A Love Supreme

updated 11/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Chanté Moore

Here's something new: a twenty-something R & B singer who isn't striving to be with the down crowd. In fact, Moore probably spends more time crooning along to old Minnie Riperton LPs than she does tuning in to hot street songs on the Box. The trendiest tactic she uses here is the come-hither Janet Jackson-style rap on "Searchin'."

Otherwise, A Love Supreme, her sophomore opus, is a classic soul affair. Throughout, Moore's supple, relaxed singing style (imagine a young Diana Ross with more lung power) seamlessly connects the work of 15 producers. She builds up a romantic sweat while keeping her vocal cool on "My Special Perfect One" and "Mood," and wrings tears without becoming maudlin on "Am I Losing You." Her Love may not always be supreme—at 8 minutes, her remake of "I Want to Thank You" is too much old-school lovin'—but it's a welcome respite from R & B's long queue of follow-the-leader divas. (Silas/MCA)

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