Picks and Pans Review: Comin' Atcha!
Cleopatra (Maverick/Warner Bros.)
Imagine the Spice Girls with actual vocal talent and a mere hiccup of the hype and you have Cleopatra, the latest blast of girl power from Great Britain. Unlike that other miracle of pop-music packaging, this trio did not meet at an audition; they're sisters by birth. Zainam Higgins, 17, Cleopatra, 16, and Yonah, 14, follow the standard formula for R&B success: hip-hop beats, dance-inducing bass grooves and soaring vocal harmonies. And they include a savvy cover of a classic hit—the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," in which Cleopatra sounds just like the young Michael Jackson. Like the Spices, they also tend to sing with Brooklyn inflections, so that words like "forever" and "never" are pronounced "forevah" and "nevah." Whatevah. On the song "Life Ain't Easy," the girls also reveal something unknown in Spice World—a social conscience.
Bottom Line: Catchy pop fare we could live without but may not be able to escape
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