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Billie Ray Martin: Deadline For My Memories (Sire); Kristine W: Land Of The Living (Champion/RCA)

J.D. Considine, Vibe, September 1996

BEATS AREN'T the only things that change as dance pop evolves. When Madonna first made club music safe for the masses, she did it with a nudge and a wink and an image that was as girlish as her attitude was wanton. By contrast, today's divas-on-the-rise tend to be soulful, slightly sad, and sexually ambiguous.

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