Album of the Day
Fronted by the husband-and-wife team of John Smith and Valerie Day, freestyle R&B group Nu Shooz had been building buzz in their native Portland when Atlantic Records signed them in 1986. POOLSIDE soon followed, highlighted by a pair of Billboard Dance chart-toppers: “I Can't Wait” and “Point Of No Return” (the former was also a Top 10 Pop hit). Day's vocals float atop bubbly grooves and inventive synthpop arrangements on these eight originals, any one of which could still lure shoes onto a dancefloor. The success of the gold-certified POOLSIDE helped earn Nu Shooz a Best New Artist Grammy nomination, and the album remains among the group's most appealing.