Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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En Vogue: Runaway Love [EastWest EP, 1993]
As a mere admirer of Funky Divas, I prefer this stopgap EP's techno "What Is Love," rap "Hip Hop Lover," and dancehall "Desire." Qua song, "Runaway Love" cuts any of them. And Salt-n-Pepa's "Whatta Man" is the second catchiest and first funkiest thing they've ever put their larynxes on. Backup singing may not be their vocation, but they can always pay the bills with it. A-