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(04 September 2000) The debut album from Before Dark entitled Daydreamin' (RCA (USA) RADV 67691-2, 2000) was released in July. Before Dark—Mia, Arike and Jeni G—deliver a mix of R&B and hip-hop on their debut album and share the same goal of living each day to the fullest and striving to achieve as much as possible before they are too old. This goal is the meaning of the group's name Before Dark.

Before Dark had two hit singles in 1999—"Come Correct" and "Baby." Those two songs set the stage for the rhythmic tune "Monica." Before Dark have made a video for this track and is airing on The Box Music Network. Daydreamin' is a mixture of harmonic voices fast beats, slow jams and passionate lyrics. Even though the group says they still have a lot to learn about. "We may be young and inexperienced in the deeper aspects of love relationships," says Arike, "but we know how it feels to really care about a guy, and the happiness and pain that goes with it. It comes from honest feeling and real emotion, but not necessarily actual experience."

The "Jazzy Interlude: Going to the Movies" sets a base for what we are to expect from Before Dark. We hear that these girls are unique and we are introduced to what they can do in "How Could You." This track is fast and upbeat; the harmonic voices blend together perfectly. "Monica," the most recent track released off of the album, is another upbeat track. The song is much smoother and brings out the R&B in the group's sound. These two tracks deal with popular issues of "she's trying to take my man" or "how could you do this to me."

"As Far As They Know" is another upbeat song that is more hip-hopish sounding like the musical artist Pink. "Baby," another upbeat song, brings back the R&B flow in Before Dark. "Always On My Mind." the first ballad on the album takes an R&B beat to it with the the three voices making perfect harmony. The tracks show that Before Dark feels true emotions for love with powerful deep meaning words. The passionate R&B ballad "It's All About You" seems as though it takes a real love situation and it was put into a beautiful song. Harmony fueled, the song relaxes just before the interlude into "Come Correct." This upbeat song is much more hip-hop based and much less harmonic voices but it shows the versatility of the group.

"Tough Love" is a powerful R&B rocker, hungry for love and emotion while the title track "Daydreamin'" is a beautiful harmonic mid-tempo masterpiece. "She (Could Never Be Me)" is a moving track that blends R&B and hip-hop together with three lovely voices evocatively singing from a deep emotional experience. "Push-N-Shove" and "Back Around" conclude the album blending vocal harmonies with hip-hop beats.

These super talented young ladies possess strong, wide-ranging voices, an energetic, fresh visual presentation and the determination to succeeed, all of which are sure to take Before Dark further into the limelight. You can order Before Dark's Daydreamin', read editorial reviews and hear soundbites at amazon.com here. A well-produced R&B album, from an up-n-coming female trio, it is a very nice listen!-Deborah J Elliot

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