Picks and Pans Review: Connected

updated 03/02/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/02/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

The Family Stand

This funky trio prefigured R&B's current hippie revival way back in the late 1980s, when today's flower-power followers were still singing along to old disco 45s in their bedrooms. But other than issuing their 1991 album Moon in Scorpio, the Family Stand had little to show for this decade—until now. Having replaced founding vocalist Sandra St. Victor with talented newcomer Jacci McGhee, multi-instrumentalists Peter Lord and V. Jeffrey Smith return with gurgling electric-guitar passages and braying horn sections to spare. Lord, who wrote or cowrote all the songs, steals the mike on "It Should've Been Me (That Loved You)," but it's McGhee's supple soprano that ultimately triumphs on soul stirrers like "When Heaven Calls." (EastWest)

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