Elysa Gardner
November 02, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

Harmony

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Harmony
Producers
Virgin
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B

Actually, rhythm is the key element in the structure of these songs: The beat varies from smart hip-hop to relaxed R&B, with touches of reggae, funk, and on some tracks even cool jazz. The album’s spirit, though, lies in the vocals and lyrics. Harmony sings in a strong, clear alto and raps with nervy intensity about issues ranging from God to Eurocentrism. Harmony was produced by one of rap’s most politically conscious stars, KRS-One of Boogie Down Productions (who also happens to be Harmony’s brother-in-law). It isn’t as accomplished a debut as Neneh Cherry’s was last year, but it rivals Cherry’s album in diversity — both musical and topical — and sheer attitude. B

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