into an R&B-flavored pop mainstream. Hopefully, however, those two songs will not obscure her three brilliant performances.
On "Teach Me Tonight," "In My Girlish Days" and "Mercy on Those," Snow has, for the first time, controlled her vocal power in classic fashion. It's not a question of volume, but rather of building intensity and allowing the song its own climax. Thus, the simple "Mercy on Those" takes on grand emotional depth, and the cleverly suggestive posing of "Teach Me Tonight" comes off as casually erotic.
Snow lacks consistency most specifically because the majority of her songs don't have the melodic or lyrical depth to challenge her. But if she continues to develop as a technician and writer, she may well become the artist hinted at here. (RS 230)