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  • In Search of Manny [Grand Royal, 1993] Neither
  • Natural Ingredients [Grand Royal, 1994] B-

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In Search of Manny [Grand Royal, 1993] Neither

Natural Ingredients [Grand Royal, 1994]
These four estimable women exemplify the limitations of scene loyalty and good intentions. Only a killjoy would piss on their project--a friendly alternative funk that stands as a confident reproof to the usual sexual and racial caricatures. I like them fine as people, and I wouldn't even say I don't like their music. It's just that I don't, well, like their music. The ear food it provides is so scant that all you want to know about "Energy Sucker"'s hook riff is where they found the sample, and I find it hard to believe they pack an irresistible aural buzz even for those who experience their project as a cause. B-