Neil Drumming
January 23, 2004 AT 05:00 AM EST

Bravebird

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Amel Larrieux
Producers
Bliss Life

We gave it a B-

Back in 1996, when sultry singer Amel Larrieux left Groove Theory, her hip-hop soul collaboration with hunky producer Bryce Wilson, it was a sad end to a short-lived but promising partnership. Eight years later, Larrieux struggles to click with producer, cowriter, and actual life partner Laru Larrieux. At their best, the marrieds mix jazz, hip-hop, and even house into soothing grooves, but their second album’s sappy ”save the world” lyrics push the limits of idealism. Perhaps they’re too happy together.

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