by: Allure

Allure's eponymous debut had the mixed blessing of being the first album on Mariah Carey's high-profile vanity label, Crave. Carey's clout certainly helped Allure to line up celebrity collaborators, from Nas and L.L. Cool J to Q-Tip and Carey, but it also meant that the album would be scrutinized in detail, which is unfair to any new vocal group. Allure do acquit themselves well on their debut, singing with passion and flair -- it's clear they have talent. They are somewhat undone by inconsistent material, yet there are several instances where they make a song their own, and that's what makes Allure a promising debut. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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