Amy Linden
April 24, 1992 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Meant to Be Mint

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
A&M, Perspective

We gave it a B-

The Twin Cities sextet Mint Condition has a top 10 single, ”Breakin’ My Heart (Pretty Brown Eyes).” It’s a sweetly seductive slow jam, destined to be appearing at a prom near you, but it’s just a taste of what the group can do. Whether they’re singing effervescently funky buppie love songs, the new-jack lite ”Do U Wanna,” Take 6-esque jazz harmonies on the exuberant ”Try My Love,” or the out-and-out nasty, pedal-to-the-metal crunch of ”I Wonder if She Likes Me,” Mint Condition can shift musical gears without letting you see them sweat. A little sweat wouldn’t hurt, though. The record sounds great, but it’s shallow. By touching so many stylistic bases, Mint Condition shoots itself in the foot, creating a sound that’s commercially expedient (and not bad for a party), but that in the long run can be less than satisfying. For all the group’s good intentions and grooves, there ain’t a lot of soul in this R&B odyssey titled Meant to Be Mint. B-

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