Dakota Moon

Dakota Moon

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Dakota Moon are a true rarity -- an urban group that's closer to '70s soft rock than quiet storm. Coming across like a cross between Boyz II Men and Eric Clapton ("Wonderful Tonight" and "Change the World," not "Layla"), Dakota Moon can sometimes err on the side of schmaltz, but there's a charm in their romantic convictions. Furthermore, the group rarely indulges in the vocal histrionics that mark many Boyz II Men successors, and they do have instrumental skill and a flair for sharp pop hooks. Not everything on their self-titled debut works, but the best moments, such as the single "A Promise That I Make," is urban soul of the highest order.

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