Janice Marie Johnson

One Taste of Honey

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After A Taste of Honey's breakup in the early '80s, lead singer Janice Marie Johnson decided to pursue a solo career. She didn't get very far as a solo artist in the 1980s, which is regrettable because her first solo project, One Taste of Honey, is generally excellent. Those who expected this LP be a carbon copy of Honey's soul/disco were in for a major surprise -- determined to move forward, Johnson often favors a harder style of urban contemporary/funk with a slight rock edge. The singer/bassist maintains some of the sweetness she was known for, but her solo material is definitely more hard-edged than anything she did with Honey. In fact, Johnson really tears it up on uptempo gems like "Last Chance Romeo," "Beverly Hills," and "Baby Sister." The Asian-tinged ballad "Love Me Tonight" (which was released as a single and became a minor hit) recalls Honey's famous remake of Japanese singer Kyu Sakamoto's 1963 hit "Sukiyaki," but for the most part, One Taste of Honey is the work of an artist who was refusing to live in the past. Unfortunately, corporate politics at Capitol prevented the LP from being the mega-hit it deserved to be -- and Johnson was dropped by the label.