Various Artists

Girl Power of the 90's, Vol. 1

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Girl Power of the 90's, Vol. 1 tries to capitalize on the "feminist" stance taken by female pop acts in the late '90s (Spice Girls), but there are several problems that inhibit this disc from being anything but an insipid excuse for a collection. First, the majority of the tracks ("Touch Me (All Night Long)," "Everything," "All Around the World," "Baby Baby," "Temptation") have nothing to do with "girl power" -- they're just songs that happen to be sung by women. Second, other than the 1993 song "Show Me Love," the songs were released between 1989 and 1991 -- hardly a representation of the '90s. Perhaps Volume 2 will add some diversity and credibility to a collective series that's based on an overused, overhyped term of the late '90s. Like the rest of this budget-line series, the disc has nonexistent liner notes and banal cover art that has nothing to do with the music on the CD.

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