Picks and Pans Review: Tamiya Lynn

updated 11/09/1992 at 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/09/1992 01:00AM

Tamiya Lynn

Lynn, a New Orleans—bred singer known for her backup work with the Rolling Stones, the Neville Brothers and Dr. John, has stocked her first solo album in about two decades with rapturous, candlelight-and-red-wine examinations of romantic and spiritual love—songs in which the moon figures prominently.

The breezy blend of adult pop, jazz lite and Afro-Caribbean styles (Lynn wrote all the songs) inevitably brings to mind Sade, but Lynn doesn't display that performer's control. Though blessed with a full-throated, resonant voice, she rarely downshifts from emotional fifth gear. And the arrangements, marred by pallid synthesizers and overwrought electric guitars, don't help matters. But Lynn is a gifted singer, and her intensely personal, evocative songwriting would undoubtedly) fare better in a more sophisticated setting. (Liberty)

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