Ce Ce Peniston (A&M 75021 5381)
Because the dance music market is one of the few places where the single still reigns supreme, almost nobody on the club circuit expects a great single to guarantee a good album. But pop fans tend to be less forgiving of filler, and that might pose problems for Ce Ce Peniston's debut, ''Finally.'' Although the title tune is a delightful surprise, marrying a muscular, insinuating groove to Peniston's soulful, insistent vocals, the rest of the album is PTC disappointingly dull. Apart from the Teena Marie-style delivery Peniston lends ''Keep On Walkin','' most of the other house tunes on the album sink rapidly into predictability, while her ballad singing seems shallow and overwrought. Stick with the single.
Lush (4AD/Reprise 26798)
Listening to Lush, it's easy to understand how this English quartet earned its name. As was obvious to anyone who heard ''Gala,'' the band's 1991 American debut, Lush's sound is quite lush, indeed, full of dense, blurred clouds of guitar and cool, breathy vocals, all swirled together into a shimmering, sonic confection. But that first album was all atmosphere and no bite, whereas ''Spooky,'' Lush's sophomore effort, fleshes out its luscious textures with strong, memorable melodies. And while that won't land this band in the Top 40, it's more than enough to push these songs into the foreground, particularly when they're as pleasant and hummable as ''Tiny Smiles'' or the urgent ''For Love.''