Teena Marie

Emerald City

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A puzzling album for Teena Marie, perhaps the most disappointing of her career. She tried a concept work, doing thematically related songs and longer, jazz-influenced ballads. Many of them were well sung; some were a bit self-indulgent, but overall, it was a nicely performed work. But it flopped, indicating that her fans preferred short, to-the-point soul tunes and hard-hitting dance or funk to more introspective, slow-to-develop pieces and socio-political commentary.