Bianca

Forever

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Largely due to poor promotion, dance-pop vocalist Bianca never got off the ground. The cheery up-tempo jaunts and pleasant ballads on her lone Warner Bros. album boast catchy melodies and clever production, if nothing musically groundbreaking. Her light vocal approach fits the genre perfectly and is a cut above Madonna and Janet Jackson in that it actually bears emotion and resonance. The set's opener, the mid-tempo "Fresh Squeez," is the most unique number, with astute lyrical phrasing and a blend of pop and hip-hop influences guided by Bongo Bob Smith. Also of note is the serene title track, a heartfelt ode to nostalgia and permanence featuring an early performance by Chanté Moore (the lead vocals are credited simply as by "Bianca and Chanté"). The production of several other numbers is derivative, but overall, Forever is a solid, radio-friendly set worth the time of any serious fans of '80s dance-pop.

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