Tony Scherman
February 26, 1993 AT 05:00 AM EST

Beach of the War Goddess

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Caron Wheeler
genre
Hip-Hop/Rap

We gave it a B+

The second solo album from Soul II Soul’s ex-vocalist is further evidence that black pop is growing less monolithic. Caron Wheeler’s voice is small but beautifully controlled; launching into her ecstatic, microtonal scatting, she sounds like a Senegalese Aretha. Beach of the War Goddess‘ sole blemish: ”Lite as a Feather”’s noxious conceit that AIDS was invented to kill off minorities. B+

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