August 16, 2004 12:00 PM


Part Destiny’s Child, part TLC, with a dash of the Spice Girls thrown in for good measure, Britain’s Mis-Teeq makes tasty R&B-pop confections on its self-titled U.S. debut, which features songs culled from the trio’s first two U.K. releases. From the girl-power pop of “Can’t Get It Back” to the jittery two-step of “All I Want,” it’s easy to hear why these sassy lasses (Alesha Dixon, Su-Elise Nash and Sabrina Washington) have had a string of seven consecutive Top 10 hits in the U.K. The CD kicks off with the killer first single “Scandalous,” which, with its sirens, strings and sexual tension, is outrageous fun. Elsewhere, Mis-Teeq dips into reggae (on tracks such as the bump-and-grinder “That’s Just Not Me”) and rap (with resident emcee Dixon channeling TLC’s late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes). Ultimately there is no real mystery to this girl group. They have obvious hooks to match their obvious looks. But make no mis-take: You won’t be able to resist them.

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