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Unappreciated

Genre: R&B; Producer (group): Capitol, Sho'Nuff

Atlanta produces slick soul singers (Sleepy Brown, Bobby Valentino) faster than Janet Jackson sheds extra pounds. This month’s model is Cherish, a cheery female foursome that blends the rapid call-and-response vocals of Destiny’s Child with the slithery club grooves of Ciara. The mix works, creating a debut that matches of-the-moment beats with sticky melodies. The best cut on Unappreciated is the Don Vito-produced single ”Do It to It,” which gives the Southern micro-genre known as snap music (think D4L’s ”Laffy Taffy”) a Top 40 makeover with a slinky percolating beat and a sweetly cooing chorus.

Originally posted August 18 2006 — 12:00 AM EDT

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