The Brand New Heavies were a British band that played funk and soul for a good
time, something that has been done since the 1970s by mediocre outfits like the
Average White Band. Their debut album,
The Brand New Heavies (Acid Jazz, 1990), has robust instrumental
backing but borrows the voice of a derivative singer like
After an awful collaboration with a number of rappers,
Heavy Rhyme Experience Vol 1 (Delicious Vinyl, 1992),
the singer grew immensely
(influenced by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey)
and basically set the tone for the ballads on
Brother Sister (Delicious Vinyl, 1994).
Original Flava (Delicious Vinyl, 1994) is a collection of rarities.
Excursions (Delicious Vinyl, 1995) is a collection of remixes and rarities.
Shelter (Delicious Vinyl, 1997) features new singer Siedah Garrett.
The extremely boring saga of this group ended with the extremely boring
career anthology In The Beginning (Delicious Vinyl, 1999).
N'Dea Davenport started an equally uninspired career with her first solo,
N'Dea Davenport (V2, 1998). Her light soul has a few million competitors.
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