Breaking News

FIRST PHOTO: See George & Amal on Their Wedding Night!

Picks and Pans Review: Heart, Soul & a Voice

updated 05/30/1994 at 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/30/1994 01:00AM

Jon Secada

Something happened to Jon Secada on his way to the bank: he found soul. While the string of hits from his 1992 self-titled debut was mindless pop at its infectious best, the Grammy-winning Secada is now ready to give R&B's smoothest operators a run for their romantic constituency.

His second effort (its Spanish-language counterpart, Si Te Vas, will be out in July) offers more sweet hooks and several pleasant surprises. Secada flexes a raunchy, dancer-friendly side on "Whipped" and "Fat Chance," both rousing, percussive romps. And while his R&B mode can sometimes seem too nostalgic or derivative—"Don't Be Silly" could be a Spinners' oldie revamped as a sexy slow-burn ballad—it can also sound as authentic as its inspiration. "Slay" doesn't just capture Earth, Wind & Fire's '70s heyday, it matches it. And that sinuous groove on "Good Feelings," which could stir the ghost of Marvin Gaye, is about as good as soul music gets. (SBK)

Share this story:

Your reaction:

advertisement

From Our Partners

From Our Partners