Trinere

Games

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Dance-pop and urban contemporary audiences can be incredibly fickle. If an artist is today's flavor of the month, he/she could be totally forgotten a year from now. Trinere had her 15 minutes of fame in the mid-'80s; she was never a superstar, but the Miami-based vocalist fared well in dance clubs with catchy singles like "I'll Be All You Ever Need" and "Look Out Weekend." By the early '90s, however, the dance-pop and urban contemporary worlds had pretty much forgotten about her, although Trinere attempted a comeback with 1991's Games. The singer recorded this album for Luther Campbell's Miami-based Luke Records, which was being distributed by Atlantic at the time. Primarily a rap label, Luke had made a fortune selling X-rated booty rhymes by the 2 Live Crew and others -- and Games' dance-pop/urban orientation wasn't typical of the company. Unfortunately for Trinere, this CD was nothing more than a tax write-off for Luke and Atlantic; Games didn't sell, and many of the people who bought Trinere's mid-'80s recordings didn't even know that this uneven album existed. Although inconsistent, Games does have its moments. Some of the tracks are pedestrian and forgettable, but "Come on Let's Dance" and "No Matter What the Weather" are decent dance-pop items. And Trinere, who is best remembered for uptempo material, fares surprisingly well on the romantic soul-pop/adult contemporary ballads "Forever Yours" and "In Two Places." Trinere doesn't sing the hell out of the ballads the way that Chaka Khan or Anita Baker would have, but her performances are still pleasant. Nonetheless, those who don't have any Trinere CDs in their collection are advised to pass on Games and start out with a collection of her '80s output; this inconsistent effort is strictly for completists.

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