Teen Dream

Let's Get Busy

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A number of teenaged female R&B outfits surfaced in the late '80s -- generally without much success. For some, this was justifiable, but for Teen Dream the results should have been more favorable. With soulful lead vocals and mature material that belies the group's youth, Let's Get Busy is not merely a randomly slapped together mishmash of trendy teen pop ditties. "Blown Away" is an evocatively blissful ballad; "I Hear Talk" is a down-to-earth, feel-good pop anthem; and "Jealousy" is a funky and melodious, house-inflected dance-pop effort. The set isn't immune to several mediocre numbers, however, and two of these were chosen as singles (the title track and "Slip-Slide"). But the single "Toy" is a kinetic and contagious Brownmark composition from which the writers of Corona's 1990s dance hit "Try Me Out" borrowed quite liberally. Let's Get Busy is a well-warranted listen for fans of pop-friendly R&B and stands legions above the group's disastrous 1990 follow-up, Games (for which only one original member remained).

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