Picks and Pans Review: So Good

UPDATED 05/29/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 05/29/1989 at 01:00 AM EDT

Mica Paris

Like most delicacies, Mica Paris does not yield up her pleasures easily. You really have to listen closely to her debut album to appreciate just how impressive and classy a singer she is. That's because she isn't a showboat. Most of the time she's content to glide along without much coloratura, But when she does turn up the intensity a few notches, well, not even Aretha Franklin or Anita Baker would kick her out of the chorus. On her first outing, the South London-born Mica (pronounced Meesha) is aided in no small part by some very choice pop-soul material. "My One Temptation," written by Mick Leeson, Peter Vale and Miles Waters, recalls the type of buoyant pop gem Burt Bacharach and Hal David used to pen for Dionne Warwick. Leeson and Vale's "Nothing Hits Your Heart Like Soul Music" is soul stirring in the way Cecil and Linda Womack's best work is. Because this 20-year-old singer doesn't jump out and plunder your ears, you may have to listen to So Good a few times to warm up to her. It's an investment of time that will definitely pay dividends. (Island)

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