Genre: Pop, R&B; Lead Performer: Teena Marie

Teena Marie, a veteran blue-eyed R&B star, has twice the voice of most of her competition and packs twice the punch. She gets bonus points for other talents: She carries off an acoustic song, and she can even scat. Ivory is a substantial record, with star contributions from Michael Bivins of Bell Biv DeVoe (who raps on one cut) and Soul II Soul’s Jazzie B. (who produces another). B+

Originally posted September 28 1990 — 12:00 AM EDT

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