Picks and Pans Review: Just No Other Way

UPDATED 03/27/2000 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 03/27/2000 at 01:00 AM EST

CoCo Lee (Epic/550 Music)

Because they all seem to have the same octave-leaping vocal styles, generic lyrics and preprocessed emotions, modern R & B's so-called divas have been accused of sounding like cookie-cutter versions of one another. This is unfair to cookie cutters, which, unlike their musical counterparts, seldom cause headaches or the grinding of teeth. This week's model, CoCo (real name: Ferren Lee), is a 24-year-old Mariah Carey soundalike with an interesting background. Born in Hong Kong, raised in San Francisco and fluent in Mandarin Chinese, Lee is a megastar in Asia, where she has sold more than 6 million copies of her 12 CDs. Unfortunately, this American debut is not nearly as compelling as her bio. On the opening Euro-disco-style dance track, "Do You Want My Love," she asks, "Can you make me sweat?" On the nearly identical ninth track, "Don't You Want My Love," she addresses that same special someone: "You make me hot/ You make my body feel delirious." Alas, it gets no better than that, folks.

Bottom Line: Queasy listening

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