ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE
Debbie Gibson (Atlantic 82167)
Perky, personable and irrepressibly optimistic, Debbie Gibson is undoubtedly the nicest young lady in pop music today, a teen idol to make any mother proud. And such a good influence -- why, just look at all the positive messages put forth in "Anything Is Possible." She wants her listeners to "Try," urges them to "Stand Your Ground," lashes out against "Negative Energy," and even raps (get down, girl!) about positive thinking in "One Step Ahead." So just ignore those critical sourpusses who complain that our Debbie's singing is second-rate, or that her melodies are dull and predictable; they can get their cheap thrills from that hussy Madonna. But if what you want is clean, safe, up-with-people pop, you know where you'll find it.
Guy (MCA 10115)
When Guy first burst onto the scene two years ago, the trio's soulful harmonies and muscular groove were a delightful surprise. That, of course, was before bandleader Teddy Riley -- one of the architects of the new jack swing sound -- had lent his production and remix skills to everybody from Bobby Brown to Heavy D to Soul II Soul. But even if the sound of "The Future" isn't quite the revelation the band's debut was, it's just as enjoyable, from the rap-tinged "Do Me Right" to the house-rocking "Teddy's Jam 2." Better still, the band even manages to expand upon its approach, thanks to the wicked, Prince-style "D-O-G Me Out" and a tender remake of the Gap Band's "Yearning for Your Love."