July 14, 1997 12:00 PM


In these days of sisters with sound-alike voices, Brownstone is one of the few female R&B groups with a distinct vocal style. Their swaying, three-part harmonies build, build, build, then soar into what could pass for a full choir. Unlike many of their counterparts, who seem too attached to mechanical, mid-tempo beats, Brownstone nails the emotional bull’s-eye with their torchy, slow rhythm and blues. “You Give Good Love” and “5 Miles to Empty,” the standout first single, recall the late-’70s hey-day of singing groups like the Emotions and the Jones Girls, when R&B albums offered groups more than a good excuse to flounce about in flashy videos. (MJJ Music/WORK)

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