Only Time Will Tell

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Before Gioia Bruno, Ann Curless, and Jeanette Jurado brought the name Exposé to the attention of mainstream pop consumers, the group consisted of three completely different members. Though all of the original vocalists went on to record solo singles after being abruptly fired from the project, Sandee was the only one to release a full-length album. She doesn't have the strongest voice, but has a distinctive style that allows her to inject some pep and spark into what might otherwise be banal material. She shows a soulful side on "Gotta Let You Go," a tropical-tinged slow groover with a nice flute solo, while displaying impressive, octave-spanning range on the album's touching title track and a spunky remake of Carol Douglas' 1974 pre-disco hit, "Doctor's Orders." Production-wise, Only Time Will Tell is a hit-and-miss affair. The strongest moments lie in the classically spiced freestyle number, "Maybe Tonight," and the soft, meditative title track, boosted by an unexpected trombone solo. In contrast, the overdone "You're Number One" and mundane "We Can Go On" lack any distinguished drive. The set's lone single, "Love Desire," has a nice, sultry groove, but is a little too obvious in its patterning after Madonna's "Justify My Love" with it's coolly whispered verses and sparse programming. All in all, it's a mixed bag with some standout moments. Only Time Will Tell isn't always cream of the crop early-'90s dance-pop, but it is notable for the span of material it covers within those boundaries.

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