Liz Torres

Queen Is in the House

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One very popular misconception is the belief that disco died with the 1970s. The truth is that disco simply changed its name to "dance music" in the '80s and evolved into such styles as house, Hi-NRG (high energy) and Latin freestyle. A sassy disco diva with a sharp tongue, Torres was one of the top house artists of the 1980s and early '90s. She never did much on either pop or Black radio, but in clubs, Torres was highly regarded. The Queen's In the House isn't the dance-floor extravaganza many were hoping for, although it's a usually decent CD that has some choice cuts, including the angry "Payback Is a Bitch (What Goes Around Comes Around)," the intoxicating "Love Temptation" and the haunting "I Hear Voices (Voices Inside My Head)." But the disc's most impressive offering is the driving "If You Keep It Up," which draws on LaBelle's 1975 classic "Messin' With My Mind." This 1990 release was produced by the Robert Clivillies/David Cole team, which was burning up the charts at the time as C&C Music Factory.

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