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  • What's That Noise? [Tommy Boy/Reprise, 1989] B

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What's That Noise? [Tommy Boy/Reprise, 1989]
Things work out all too predictably for this smart young studio duo. Eclectically danceable and righteously segued though their samples are, they're too bare-bones in themselves to move the crowd--the world beyond the dance floor. When a real vocalist climbs aboard--Lisa Stansfield, Queen Latifah, Junior Reid (though not, righteous eclecticism aside, Mark E. Smith)--everything is swinging. And when the music is all beat and concept, it's all beat and concept--though "Party and party and party and bullshit" is certainly in the great tradition of postmod self-criticism. B