Reviewed by Julian Wilson


If the album cover looks like something out of the late ’80s-early ’90s R&B and hip-hop scene, it’s probably no coincidence. After all, one of the tracks here is called “Boy Toy,” a term that Madonna popularized during the ’80s. Given that everything old is new again, iCande are on target in appealing to both teenagers (their energetic, slickly-produced girl pop and drop-dead gorgeous looks have mass appeal to adolescents of both sexes) and their parents (who’ll be able to hear the influences of old-school rap and and electro-pop in their music).

Coincidence or not, the hip-hop initial cut “The Opener” reminded me so much of the KLF that I stopped to check my watch to see if it was 3 a.m. again. Synthesizers play a heavy role in iCande’s songs, and they’re used here in a more retro fashion than their contemporaries. “Jealous” and “Blah Blah Girl” are blooming with bouncy, charming keyboard rhythms, closer to Bananarama than any of today’s R&B superstars.