Picks and Pans Review: So Together

updated 11/06/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/06/2000 AT 01:00 AM EST

Innosense (RCA)

At first glance this vocal quintet appears to be a stateside answer to the Spice Girls. Look again and you'll find interconnections galore between this girl group, a certain hot boy band and two teen solo stars. Group founder Nikki DeLoach springs from the same Mickey Mouse Club cast that gave us Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and 'N Sync's J.C. Chasez and Justin Timberlake. The rest of the group's lineup was recruited by the latter's impresario mom, Lynn Harless, and once included Spears herself. Other Innosense members include Mandy Ashford and Danay Ferrer, former schoolmates of 'N Sync's Lance Bass and Joey Fatone respectively. Innocent? More like premeditated.

Innosense shares the videogenic appeal, synchronized dance moves and R&B-lite sound of their teen-pop brothers and sisters. But as this fluffy debut demonstrates, the act needs work. Though they can carry a tune nicely, they have a taste for toothache-inducing tracks such as "Beep Beep" and "www.fan-ta-see." They fare better on melodramatic ballads like "Rain Rain" and two Diane Warren tunes ("A Hundred Oceans" and "You Didn't Have to Hurt Me"). Next time, better material, girls.

Bottom Line: Cotton candy

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