So Together

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Innosense was an attempt by teen pop impresario Lou Pearlman to create a distaff version of his success with the Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC. (Justin Timberlake's mother managed the group, which according to legend briefly included a young Britney Spears in its formative days.) Innosense were far less commercially successful, but their sole album has its moments as an example of turn-of-the-millennium teen pop. The ghost of the Spice Girls, obviously, hangs over the entire album, especially on gimmicky tunes like "," where the five singers trade lines mid-verse. The problem is that while the girls are entirely competent singers -- there's not a Victoria Beckham dragging them down, though neither is there a Melanie C. whose pipes overshadow her bandmates -- there's not much on the way of actual personality in these grooves. The songs are catchy -- the slinky dance groove "Say No More" is particularly nice -- but the vocals and production are utterly anonymous, making So Together a pleasant but entirely disposable listen.

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