Picks and Pans Review: What You Don't Know

updated 08/28/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 08/28/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT


Exposé falls in with one of pop music's most time-honored traditions. They're an attractive, energetic girl group giving the kids what they want to hear: dizzyingly superficial dance music.

Ann Curless, Gioia (just Gioia), Jeanette Jurado and, last but not least, Lewis A. Martinez, their Miami composer-producer, have this package down to a fine science. They effortlessly pump out these simple, vapid little ditties driven by an incessant beat. They should treat their drum machine well because without that rhythmic pulse, songs such as "Stop, Listen, Look & Think" would be unimaginably dreary. And they need to keep things up-tempo because on ballads—e.g., "When I Looked at Him"—Exposé sounds like something the cat dragged in with some reluctance.

The ladies take turns on the vocals, and distinguishing between their voices would require greater scrutiny than this music is designed to bear. It seems reasonable to assert, though, from songs such as "Tell Me Why" and "Let Me Down Easy" that Gioia is the one who has the most character in her pipes. At least she's emulating Taylor Dayne. In other words, she sounds like thrice-warmed-over Cher.

This collection of uniformly stale, plastic dance drivel lacks even the skin-deep catchiness that characterized Exposé's first record, which probably means it's a lead-pipe cinch that this one will go platinum. After all, fans of this type of music generally don't demand much more than an excuse to jack their bodies around. If you're looking for anything more than that, then What You Don't Know can hurt you. (Arista)

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