Si*Se Shine On
It only takes the first few notes DJ Carol C sings on Si*Se’s sophomore CD, More Shine, to spark a comparison to Sade. Both women have an exotic ethnicity that adds to the mysteriously seductive quality of their voices. But where Sadeâ€šÃ„Ã´s voice set her apart from the music around her, Carol Câ€šÃ„Ã´s has an airiness that blends effortlessly with the soft electronic-soul sound of Si*Se. It works with the music of her five bandmatesâ€šÃ„Ã®including primary partner, programmer U.F. Lowâ€šÃ„Ã®to create a unique whole. At the heart of Si*Seâ€šÃ„Ã´s sound is the movement of latin rhythm. Devoid of the showy bombast and silliness of, say, a Ricky Martin album, More Shine doesnâ€šÃ„Ã´t spotlight Si*Seâ€šÃ„Ã´s ethnic influences. On tracks such as â€šÃ„ÃºMariposa En Havana,â€šÃ„Ã¹ it infuses the music naturally, helping to create a sophisticated vibe. With the exception of the straight-up disco track â€šÃ„ÃºKarma,â€šÃ„Ã¹ each song possesses a rhythmic undercurrent that propels the album forward. It is an invitation to dance without the headachy pulse of house music. There are no dull moments, but not many thrills either. An easy, even tempo is maintained resulting in a smooth, uninterrupted flow, even if no particular song stands out.
More Shine, is a neat collection of songs that play well together. The lyrics sung in English are generally unimportant; the Spanish tracks may hold more depth, but that seems unlikely. Some tracks are mere clips of soundâ€šÃ„Ã®rhythms that didnâ€šÃ„Ã´t develop into a fully realized song, but were too good to be ignored. The albumâ€šÃ„Ã´s success lies with the fact that very track strikes an engaging balance between a warm performance and electronic execution.