Music Article

'Masterpiece Theater' and 'Lucy Pearl'

We review En Vogue's new album, as well as a new CD from ex-Vogue member Dawn Robinson's Lucy Pearl

''Masterpiece Theater'' and ''Lucy Pearl''

Replacing their funky-diva exuberance with artsy pretension (a riff on Moonlight Sonata) and don't-forget-us samples (from their big hit ''Hold On''), En Vogue's fourth foray Masterpiece Theater is anything but a masterpiece. Ex-Voguer Dawn Robinson fares better with Lucy Pearl, also featuring Tony Toni Tone's Raphael Saadiq and A Tribe Called Quest's Ali Shaheed Muhammad. With its head-bopping beats and g-anywhere arrangements, Lucy Pearl's debut is as innovative as it is infectious. Masterpiece Theater: C Lucy Pearl: B+

Originally posted May 26, 2000 Published in issue #542 May 26, 2000 Order article reprints