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Album Review

In late 1993, the R&B vocal duo Zhané scored a Top Ten pop hit with the '70s Philly soul meets disco meets '90s hip-hop R&B smash "Hey Mr. DJ," a sleek slice of earthy, sophisticated soul that stands as one of the best R&B/pop hits of the '90s. Several months later the duo issued its highly anticipated debut, Pronounced Jah-Nay, on Motown, and the album yielded hit single after hit single for the better part of a year. Melding classic soul with honey-sweet vocals, hip-hop beats, jazz, disco, and pop, the duo stood out from the onslaught of manufactured R&B acts that dominated the airwaves and pop charts in the early to mid- '90s. The duo scored a Top 20 pop hit with its follow-up single, "Groove Thang," which, although still smooth and infectious, sounds like "Hey Mr. DJ" part two. Other singles included the glorious, elegant, and sleek "Sending My Love," which also managed to crack the pop Top 40, the funky R&B hit "Vibe," and the ballad "You're Sorry Now." The duo seems to shine brightest when tackling jazz ballads, such as the Sade-ish "La, La, La" and "Off My Mind," two songs that were never hits but easily rank as the album's overlooked treasures. Pronounced Jah-Nay is definitely one of the better R&B albums of the '90s — unfortunately, this album's success was never repeated, and that was most likely due to lousy marketing and single choices for the duo's sophomore outing, Saturday Night. ~ Jose F. Promis, Rovi

Customer Reviews

とにかくおススメ

このアルバムが発表された当時は、何故かジャネイと距離を置いていた。
アシッドジャズムーブメントが最盛期で生楽器による演奏を好んでいた私は、
メロディアスなエレポップがいまいち好きになれなかった。時代は変わり、何気
なくラジオから流れたジャネイの曲に「えっ、すごく良い」と飛びついてしまった
自分の節操のなさに笑うしかない。アップテンンポ、スロー、どの曲もクオリティー
が高く佳曲揃い。もしリアルタイムで聴き逃している人がいたら、とにかくおススメ。
BGMとしても高機能するでしょう。

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '90s

Given a high-profile spot on the all-star compilation Roll Wit tha Flava as their first recording opportunity, Zhané lived up to the pressure and came away with one of the R&B party anthems of the '90s, "Hey, Mr. DJ." Jean Norris and Renee Neufville met while both were studying music at Philadelphia's Temple University (Norris is originally from Rhode Island, Neufville from Jamaica but Brooklyn-raised). After meeting Naughty by Nature's Kay Gee, Zhané impressed the producer enough to go right...
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