By Matt Diehl
Updated May 22, 2000 at 04:00 AM EDT

Replacing their funky-diva exuberance with arty pretension (a riff on ”Moonlight Sonata”) and ”don’t forget us” samples (from their big hit ”Hold On”), En Vogue’s fourth foray is anything but a masterpiece. Ex-Voguer Dawn Robinson fares better with Lucy Pearl, also featuring Tony Toni Toné’s Raphael Saadiq and A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed Muhammad. With its head-bobbing beats and go-anywhere arrangements, Pearl’s debut is as innovative as it is infectious. B+