By Tony Scherman
Updated February 26, 1993 at 05:00 AM EST

The second solo album from Soul II Soul’s ex-vocalist is further evidence that black pop is growing less monolithic. Caron Wheeler’s voice is small but beautifully controlled; launching into her ecstatic, microtonal scatting, she sounds like a Senegalese Aretha. Beach of the War Goddess‘ sole blemish: ”Lite as a Feather”’s noxious conceit that AIDS was invented to kill off minorities. B+