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  • Diary of a Mad Band [MCA/Uptown, 1993] Neither
  • The Show, the After-Party, the Hotel [Uptown/MCA, 1995] B-

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Diary of a Mad Band [MCA/Uptown, 1993] Neither

The Show, the After-Party, the Hotel [Uptown/MCA, 1995]
No way does the sex on this concept album recall Prince or Marvin Gaye--spiritually, its precursors are Kiss and Judas Priest. Rather than lust between equals, it's powerful men manipulating starstruck girls. And since the backstage adventure with the lawsuit attached somehow goes unrecounted--supposedly, DeVante pointed a gun while K-Ci felt the complainant up, with both love men pleading guilty to less specific charges--only a fool would take their word about how knowing their honeys are. So here's hoping your mama didn't raise no fools. And here's hoping this papa didn't either. B-