(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 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
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