Picks and Pans Review: Every Kind of Mood—randy, Randi, Randee

updated 03/09/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/09/1998 AT 01:00 AM EST

Randy Crawford

Some fans of hip hop don't know what they're missing; they're too busy confusing histrionics with emotion and applauding any performer who goes bump-and-grind in the night. If only they'd listen to Randy Crawford's low-key charms, the R&B vet might have a hit list worthy of her talent. Crawford's great assets are her intimate singing style and vocal restraint—the way she lightly tugs her vowels when she's caught up in the heat of passion and unleashes gentle tremolos when she's suffering the agony of heartache. And when she utters the lines "Got my mind in the clouds/ And I want to feel cozy all alone" on "Silence," she may as well be whispering into your ear. (Atlantic/Bluemoon)

From Our Partners