This debut is Deee-Lite's most consistent record, and subsequently their best. By freebasing the previous three decades of pop culture, World Clique is a rush of beats, hooks, and fashion sensibilities. "Groove Is in the Heart" brings one of the best and funkiest bass lines ever to the dance floor. Lady Miss Kier establishes herself as a stylist--both vocally and visually--capable of casting some serious shade. World Clique manages a seamless merger of house beats, a trippy '60s vibe, and an over-the-top '70s funkified sound, thanks in part to DJ Towa Tei. "Good Beat" serves up what its title promises, while "Power of Love" goes one better by adding one of the strongest melodies of the band's career. By punctuating their songs with quirky bleeps and rhythmic kitsch, Deee-Lite predicted the DJ-dominated craze that would spin the latter part of the '90s into a tizzy. --Steve Gdula
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Deee-Debut Is Tight!
Richard A. Shidler | USA | 10/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Deee-Lite's intro to the pop and dance music scene is tight. This is a classic among many people, and for good reason.The album opens with the "Deee-Lite Theme" which is a funky and entertianing tribute to New York. "Good Beat," & "Power of Love," are some fun songs about dancing and loving, what Deee- was all about."Smile On" and "Try Me On..." are very cool pop tunes that put a smile on any listener's face and are uplifintg."What Is Love" is kind of dubby - but it's trancey and hyptnotic. Lady Kier's sexy French accent in the middle is very cute and classic for fans."World Clique" The title-track of the album is a positive tune trying to bring the world together as one, it's also very inspiring."E.S.P." may be one of their best songs. It's very trancey and mystifying, and there's, of course, an ode to their home town of NYC in it!"Groove Is In The Heart" - what can I say that hasn't already been said, I ask?"Who Was That?" is a cute and fun song about someone sneaking into Kier's house, and among other things, eating her peanut butter! It's really groovy and whacky."Build The Bridge" & "Deep-Ending" are sort of the down point. The music is a little darker and the production isn't as good, but they are still very Deee, if you know what I mean. ;)In the end, Deee's debut is a classic and no one should be without it. It will make you feel good when you're feeling bad, and put a smile on your face, and nothing's better than that!"
One of the best things I've ever bought
Pessimystica | 09/25/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album blew me away in 1991, when I bought the cassette, and continues to grab my attention after I've updated my collection with the CD version. With an interesting blend of sampladelic sounds, hip-hop and R&B vocal stylings, Lady Miss Kier, Towa Tei and DJ Dmitry serve up one of the best albums I've ever bought. Every song has a different musical ideology attached to it. "Power of Love" is a memorable R&B-style tune. "Try Me On ... I'm Very You" is smooth. "Deep-Ending" has a great hook. "Who Was That?" is fun. "E.S.P." is electronic funk. And I haven't met anyone who doesn't like "What is Love?" Then there's one of my all-time favorites: "Groove is in the Heart" and those little Bootsy ad libs that just tip the song over to legendary memory status. Get this album, for God's sake, and enjoy the hell out of it. You'll even wear the CD out."