Joi: John Ricard/Retna
David Browne
March 22, 2002 AT 05:00 AM EST

Star Kitty's Revenge

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Joi
Producers
Universal, Uptown Records

We gave it a B+

Eight years after her debut, ”Pendulum Vibe,” snagged her the title of R&B’s most twisted diva, Joi returns to take on Macy Gray with Star Kitty’s Revenge. She’s still an oddball, singing about lust and pimps and sticking unnecessary ruminations between tracks. But the music is dark, minimalist funk — sexy, drowsy, electro-soul with producers like Dallas Austin dipping her in chop-chop beats. The standout ”17 Inches of Snow” is Alicia Keys after a few more years and a few disappointments.

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