The year was 1991. Grunge rock and hip-hop were on the rise but there was still a purpose for good ole’ sugary sweet pop panoply in the decade’s shifting musical landscape.
Shanice, right at home in the urban adult contemporary market, would release a song so cloying, so saccharine, it was borderline nauseating but the songstress straddled that line like a pro and in the end turned out a rather decent chart climber. I’m talking about the instant mood enhancing hit “I Love Your Smile,” her most recognizable tune and today’s throwback. Relying heavily on standard rhythm and blues influences and a mean sax solo from Branford Marsalis, this exercise in charm oozes the mushy vibes something thick but it suits Shanice’s effervescent style well and in the end makes for a perfectly pleasing piece of ear candy.
If you’re not flashing those pearly whites by the end of this one, seek help immediately.