Picks and Pans Review: Pronounced Jah-Nay

updated 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/21/1994 AT 01:00 AM EST

Zhané

One of the coolest ideas in pop music is the song that celebrates the act of being in love with music. And one of the coolest jams of the summer of '93 was the gold single "Hey Mr. D.J." by Zhané, Brooklyn's contribution to the girl-group pileup. With a funky, old-school groove and light-as-air harmonizing, "Hey Mr. D.J." jumps to the joys of getting down and having fun. Slaying in that motif is the duo's new hit, "Groove Thang," whose title sums up the song's Zeitgeist.

When they opt to sashay from the club to the lounge, however, Zhané stumbles. Sure, they have lovely voices, but there's a little more to being a jazz vocalist than having a stand-up bass on the track. Their brand of jazz is strictly ersatz. What's real is their effortless brand of R&B. When Zhané keeps in that retro-soul mood, they can sing no Wrong. (Motown)

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