Robbie Danzie

Only You

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A mellow soul vocalist with slight jazz nuances, Danzie originally gained recognition as the lead vocalist on '80s R&B group Krystol's last two Epic albums. On this generally pleasing solo effort (a limited U.S. version of the European and Japanese release Love (Undeniable) sans a few tracks), she unfortunately lost some of the glitter and gold she displayed earlier in her career. But, she still stands out from much of the urban contemporary flock with a solid combination of refined melodies and a low-key, classic club-tinged production by DJ "CP.M" Marvin. The best moments are the plush groove "Carried Away," the summery "Thinkin' 'Bout You," and "Can I." Here, Danzie's delivery of her lyrics is most honest and relaxed. The only aspect that impedes her performance is unnecessary sampling on several tracks; "Come to Me" grabs the defining keyboard and guitar riffs of Tina Turner's "What's Love Got to Do With It," while "Heart Breaker" replays the melody line from LL Cool J's "I Need Love." The choices made here don't complement the song structures themselves, and the results are far too obvious. Otherwise, the overall musical and vocal atmosphere is refreshingly simple and free of the rampant nasality and gimmicks of many competing urban female artists of the day.

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