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Flower

Genre: R&B; Lead Performer: Jody Watley

By all rights, Watley should have become the next Diana Ross: She’s beautiful, versatile, and though her pretty voice is thin, it’s silky smooth. All she needs is a hit, but this album, weighted toward ho-hum ballads, probably won’t produce one (even the sexy ”Off the Hook” and ”Baby Tonight” are unlikely to top the charts). Flower doesn’t droop, but it could’ve been fresher. B

Originally posted April 10 1998 — 12:00 AM EDT

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