September 26, 1997 at 04:00 AM EDT
We gave it a B+

What lifts Britain’s Spice Girls above female-Bay City Roller status is that Spice is a devilishly good pop collection, as the Girls deploy their snarky voices in the service of white hip-hop that’s not without soul. The P-Funked ”Say You’ll Be There” is a bid for street cred, but it’s a corny ballad like ”Mama” that will keep them from being one-hit wonders in America. B+

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