Street Beat

The Deele

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Street Beat Review

by Leo Stanley

On the basis of the Deele's debut Street Beat, it would have been hard to predict that Babyface and L.A. Reid would change the course of urban R&B during the late '80s and '90s. Though the record -- especially the Top 10 R&B hit "Body Talk" and its two followups, "Just My Luck" and "Surrender" -- is pleasant, synthesized soul and lite funk, it doesn't show many signs of innovation, and only the hit single demonstrate much songcraft. In other words, it's a good, but not extraordinary debut, by two artists who would prove themselves exceptional.

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